Supporting loved ones with nutrition as they deal with cancer/Respaldando a querides con la nutrición mientras bregan con el cancer

fullsizeoutput_18ddCancer seems every where in our chemically-laced society.  Some dear friends are battling it, a few friends (sweet fierce Neal and Rose) have recently passed from it, and it is hitting even closer to home recently.  One of my dear nieces, Ashton, has breast cancer, and the best way I can support is by sharing what I know provides healing for heart, and body and spirit.  Below are excerpts from Susun Weed’s book, Breast Cancer? Breast Health! and other resources that I trust.  I will translate the document to Spanish as soon as I can.  Susun is a great herbalist, and has done a great deal of work with women who are dealing with this disease; she herself is a survivor.

El cancer parece que esta en toda parte de nuestra sociedad enbadurnada con la sociedad cimica.  Algunes amiges le estan haciendo la lucha, unes cuantes (dulce bakano Neal y dulce bakana Rose) padecieron recientemente de el, y se ha acercado aun más a mi casa recientemente.  Una de mis queridas sobrinas, Aston, tiene cancer de los senos, y el mejor modo que se para respaldar es compartir lo que conozco cuyo sana el corazon, el cuerpo y el espiritu.  Abajo hay algunos consejos del libro de Susun Weed, Breast Cancer?  Breast Health! (Cancer de Senos?  ¡Senos Saludables!); and other resources which I trust.  Lo traduceré al español tan pronto posible.  Susun es una herbologa bakana, y ha trabajado mucho con mujeres lidiando con esta enfermedad; aun ella es una sobreviviente.

Here’s to a cancer free diet, and joyous lives as we transform the world!  ¡A una dieta libre de cancer, y a vidas con mucha alegria mientras tranformamos al mundo!

Cancer Free Nutrition

Definitions of phyto/plant minerals are on pp. 46-52.  These are all her words, except where I add my observations.  Prevention can mean primary or secondary (preventing remission).  Please check to see if there are any contra-indications with your doc, I am checking too (mostly for teas, and herbs), you should be good for nutrition).

Nutrition (Chapter 2, pp. 27-54) – these are some foods that have anti-cancer properties (best when they are organic/non gmo):

Almonds – they are believed to work because of their relation to apricot pits (a source of laetrile).

Amaranth – the greens are a great source of antioxidants, folic acid, carotenes, calcium and other important minerals. The seeds are high in protein, rich in lignans and protease inhibitors.

Apples – the chlorogenic and caffeic acids that apples are rich in block formation of cancers and prevent recurrences; raw, cooked apples, fresh pressed apple cider, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar are good ways to access the anti-cancer benefits.

Barley/Barley grass – like all seeds, barley is a good source of protease inhibitors; often sold in tablets, it is rich in carotenes and chlorophyll.

Beans – dried (not green) beans offer cancer-inhibiting enzymes that prevent the initiation and recurrence of breast cancer. They contain and stimulate production of genistein, protease inhibitors, lignans, phytosterols and fatty acids.  One cup/250 ml of cooked or canned beans daily is ideal.  Soak beans overnight to reduce gas (discard water before cooking).

Beets/beetroot (remolacha, one of my favorite words in Spanish!) – extract of beet root kills cancer cells in the lab. Grated raw beets nourish the liver and strengthen immunity.

Broccoli – an exceptional source of anti-cancer chlorophyll, carotenes, protease inhibitors, lutein, indoles, sulforaphane, glucosinolates and dithiolthiones, broccoli is also really good at blocking cancer initiation, and a powerful ally for women choosing radiation therapy.

Brussels Sprouts – exceptionally good sources of protease inhibitors, glucosinolates, and lutein.

Burdock Root – excels because it is rich in benzaldehyde, phytosterols, glycosides, mokko lactone and arctic acid, helps prevent environmental cancers, thwarts in situ breast and cervix cancers and helps block recurrences. Sold in Asian markets as gobo; its sweet rich taste is good in any cooked dish where you’d use carrot.

Cabbage – a prized medicine for over 4,000 years, cabbage is the best anti-cancer food along with broccoli and Brussel sprouts. It is most medicinal and easiest to digest when fermented (sauerkraut) or cooked (but not overcooked).  Contains chlorophyll, dithiolthiones, flavonoids, indoles, isothiocyanates, polyphenols, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, folic acid, antioxidants, carotenes, and lutein.  It is also great used eternally (p. 115).

Cabbage family – arugula, broccoli, bok choy, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, daikon, horseradish, kale, mustard greens, radishes, rutabaga, shepherd’s purse, turnips). This family contains more anti-cancer compounds than any other food.  One or more servings daily from this group is a mainstay of any anti-cancer diet; as they have great ability to strengthen the immune systems and block the initiation and growth of cancers.  Frequent small doses are more protective than occasional large doses.  For the greatest benefit, eat some cabbage family plants raw, some fermented, some cooked (raw ones slightly suppress thyroid activity, cooked ones have little effect).

Carrots – on every one’s list of foods that prevent and cure cancer; especially effective against breast and lung cancers, and one of the best sources of antioxidant carotenes, carotenoids and cholorgenic acids. Also contain aspargin, a kidney-active alkaloid found in asparagus and poke roots.  Eating carrots helps tissues resist radiation damage.  Grated raw carrot poultices soothe inflamed breast tissues and are a folk remedy against tumors and abscesses of the breasts. Carrot broth can help relieve mouth sores caused by chemotherapy.

Cauliflower – see cabbage family

Celery – eaten in quantity, raw or cooked, is mildly anti-cancer, excellent for women with breast cancer, esp. those choosing chemo, because it is rich in antioxidants, folic acid, and mineral salts, as well as constitutents that strengthen liver functioning, improve hydrocholic acid production in the stomach, protect the lungs from infection, improve cellular metabolism, build red blood cells quickly and strengthen the adrenals. Celery seeds are rich in anti-cancer phytochemicals, esp. polyacetylenes and phthalines.

Cereal grasses – wheat, rye, barley and rice. Oatstraw is more effective than wheat grass.  Anti-cancer compounds such as cholorphyll, folic acid, antioxidants, carotenes, minerals and essential amino acids peak in grasses just before they begin to joint, about 200 days from seed.  If you don’t grow your own, oatstraw is sold in the herb section (and compressed cereal grass in the supplement section) of your health food stores,

Chickpeas – also called garbanzo beans, these contain asparagin and are one of the riches known sources of protease inhibitors.

Collards – see cabbage family, greens.

Corn – a worldwide study found a very strong correlation between low death rates from breast cancer and high consumption of fresh or dried corn (or beans or rice). Corn reduces breast cancer risk by influencing the output of thyroid hormones and by providing protease inhibitors.  See oil.

Cucumbers – the garden variety of these contain an anti-tumor compound called cucurbitacin as well as protease inhibitors. The roots of the wild cucumber are said to be strongly cytotixic.

Dandelion – see greens and Materia Medica.  Rafael – one of my favorite greens, great for the liver and is a great tea.

Fasting – I do not fast. I believe that it is critically important to health to eat as hunger dictates.  Snacking on fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and whole grain chips helps prevent cancer; fasting does not.  Max Gerson, M.D., author of many books on natural treatment of cancer, felt that fasting cause those with cancer to “go downhill terribly”(FN).  Helmut Keller, M.D., who also specializes in natural treatments for cancer, concurs:  Most fasting programs lead to malnutrition, and malnutrition leads nowhere but to an increase in tumors.

Figs – mentioned in the Bible as a cancer cure, contain the anti-cancer phytochemical benzaldehyde. In Japanese hospitals, poultices and injections of fig distillate are used against human cancers.

Flax seeds – these and flax seed meal are delicious additions to breads, pancakes, and muffins. They are exceptional sources of anti-cancer lignans and acids such as gallic acid, ferulic acid, chlorogenic acid, and coumaric acid.  They appear to be anti-estrogenic and quite specific against breast cancer. FN  See oil.

Fresh food – which has not been stored, shipped, frozen, dried, precooked, or preserved is the best course of anti-cancer, antioxidant vitamin C. Vitamin C is easily dissipated by exposure to light, moisture, air, heat, water, or freezing, thus, the fresher the food, the more vitamin C it contains (FN).  Inadequate vitamin C intake is well documented as an independent risk factor for ductal carcinoma in situ, lobular carcinoma in situ, and cervical dysplasia.  Eating just two weed leaves a day, esp. if they’re eaten within seconds of being picked, will give you lots of real vitamin C, strengthen your immune system, and help you prevent cancer.  Synthetic ascorbic acid, whether added to foods or sold as vitamin C, can disturb normal vitamin C metabolism.  See vitamins.

Garlic – the queen of cancer-preventive and cancer-inhibiting foods, counters the initiation, promotion and recurrence of many kinds of cancer (FN). Unusually rich in anti-tumor elements selenium and germanium, garlic also contains an abundance of antioxidants, isoflavones, and allyl sulfides. It has been clinically proven to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells.  The National Cancer Institute recognizes it as a preventative against cancer.  In Russia, doctors use fresh garlic extracts to treat human cancer.  In the laboratory, garlic cured breast cancer in mice.  Garlic prevents cancer best when consumed at the same time as carcinogens, and its effectiveness is dose-dependent.  It is a superb complementary medicine for women doing chemotherapy.  Clinical studies show that it protects the liver, the heart and the blood vessels better than capsules of vitamin E.  Raw garlic is far more effective than cooked or encapsulated garlic; the active principle is linked with the smell.  As little as half a clove of raw garlic a day strengthens immunity and increases the number and power of natural killer cells.  Eating an entire bulb daily makes these cells 140-160% more effective at killing cancer than usual.  For a raw garlic recipe, see Garlic Toast Country Style, pg. 310

Ginger – when used consistently in small does, is remarkably effective in preventing the initiation of breast cancer, as it contains many anti-cancer phytochemicals, including antioxidants and carotenes. See Seasoning Herbs; see Materia Medica.

Grapes/raisins – the grape cure has always fascinated me, as I crave grapes with an overwhelming passion whenever I’m ill. Consuming nothing but grapes for several weeks is said to put primary tumors into remission and prevent recurrences.  Grapes supply an abundance of anti-cancer trace minerals, selenium, antioxidants, and acids such as ellagic acid. Dried grapes (raisins) are rich in tannins and caffeic acid.  They are anti-mutagenic and particularly good at preventing breast cancer that arise with age.

Greens – dark leafy ones (collards, mustard, dandelion, nettles, kale, amaranth, and lamb’s quarter) are rich in cancer preventing carotenes, chlorophyll, antioxidants, folic acid, flavonoids, and-if fresh and lightly washed-vitamin C. Greens are excellent complementary medicine for those choosing radiation therapies.  I do limit my consumption of cooked swiss chard, spinach and beet greens as they interfere with calcium metabolism.

Herbs – See Greens; nourishing herbal infusions, seasoning herbs. See also “”Plants that May Induce Cancer,”, page 290.

Horseradish – this cabbage family plant with a pungent root offers many anti-cancer acids, such as carbonic acid, silicic acid, phophatic acid, sulfuric acid, and hydrocholic acid. See cabbage family.

Juicing – Although not detrimental to health, raw juice is no more nourishing than a milk shake from organic ingredients. Rafael – Also takes out the fiber from fruits and vegetables, which helps one poop.

Kale – an excellent source of cholorphyll, indoles, and carotenes, especially the ultra anti-cancer carotene, dutien. Kale is a top of the list cancer preventative vegetable.  See cabbage family; see greens.  Rafael – I suggest cooking (with fire, water and oil, or lemon) it always, because for some people it is hard on the digestive system.

Lamb’s Quarter – like amaranth, this is both a cultivated grain crop and a common garden weed. Consumption of the leaves (rich in carotenes, folic acid, and antioxidants) and/or the seeds (rich in protease inhibitors) can help prevent cancer initiation. I replace up to 20 percent of the flour in any recipe (brownies, cornbread, pancakes) with lamb’s quarter seeds and leaves ground in a blender.  I add them whole to soups, bean dishes, and tomato sauces.

Lentils – one of the oldest cultivated crops, extraordinarily rich in protease inhibitors, genistein, and lignans, all kinds of lentils have proven themselves capable of reversing cancerous cellular changes and helping cells repair damaged DNA (FN). Highly recommended for women at high risk of breast cancer and those wanting to prevent recurrence.

Millet – this tasty seed is the staple grain crop of many Africans, and is a good source of protease inhibitors, lignans, laetrile, and carotenes.

Nourishing Herbal Infusions – my daily cup of these is my safeguard against cancer, my longevity tonic, and my beauty treatment- all in one cup. Herbal teas are pleasant, but they don’t extract the anti-cancer compounds and mineral richness that is available from nourishing herbal infusions (Instructions for these are on page 294.).  I use one nourishing herb at a time, rather than mixing them, so I can savor their individual flavors and their unique effects on me.  Nourishing herbal infusions that are renowned for helping prevent – perhaps even cure – cancer include comfrey leaf, stinging nettle leaf, burdock root, red clover blossoms/tops, and oatstraw.  They also help prevent side effects from chemotherapy and radiation.  Nourishing herbal infusions contain antioxidants, phytosterols, cholorphyll, carotenes, and acids.  See Materia Medica for individual herbs.

Nuts & Seeds – organically grown nuts (esp, almonds, walnuts, black walnuts, pecans) and seeds (sunflower, sesame, flax and amaranth) were excellent cancer preventatives in clinical studies. All nuts and seeds are good sources of anti-cancer protease inhibitors, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. Rancid nuts (that is preroasted or shelled or broken ones) can be carcinogenic.  See almonds; flax, oil, sunflower.

Oats/Oatstraw – oats as seeds are a good source of protease inhibitors. Oatstraw, the grass of oats, is rich in carotenes and folic acid.  Both are good sources of antioxidants and chlorogenic acids.  Oat cereal and oatstraw infusion are important parts of an anti-stress, anti-cancer diet.  Oats eaten regularly increase libido, balance hormones, protect the adrenal glands, balance the thyroid, and improve the strength of veins.  Everyone loves a cup of mellow oatstraw infusion, especially women worried about a breast lump, women choosing chemotherapy, and women in the midst of sudden menopause.

Oil – rancid hydrogenated fats even in small amounts, increase the risk of cancer. Fresh, organic olive oil is an anti-cancer food, even when consumed lavishly (FN). Women of Crete get 45-60% of their calories from fat-mostly olive oil- yet are the least likely of any women in the world to die of breast cancer.  Studies show the strongest link between fat and breast cancer when the diet is high in linoleic acid, the major fatty acid in safflower, corn, soy and sunflower oils.  These oils, although promoted as healthy, are unstable and go rancid shortly after being extracted.  Rancid oil is carcinogenic.  Olive oil resists rancidity. Oil-bearing seeds (grains, beans, nuts) are protected from rancidity by antioxidant vitamin E.  Once they are broken open, they (and their oils) lose vitamin E to oxygen, heat and light.  When the available vitamin E is gone-usually within 36 hours- the oils starts oxiding, that is, it become rancid.  Oils in clear glass bottles are rancid (oils in cans or dark bottles are not).  Oils used for repeated frying are very rancid.  Oils in roasted nuts are rancid (unless they’re eaten immediately after being roasted).  The vast majority of fats eaten in industrialized countries are rancid or hydrogenated, or both, and thus carcinogenic.  Anti-cancer oils include:  Canola – my choice if olive oil is unavailable, made from seeds of a cabbage family plant.  Is usually fresh and rarely expensive, even when organically grown.  Rafael – There is lots of good evidence lately that organic canola oil does not exist though because of cross pollination.  Flax Seed – is a rich source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, it adversely affects both the initiation and growth states of breast cancer (FN) and has been shown to be anti-tumor, antimiotic, and antiviral (so long as it is not heated).  Olive – of good quality is part of my personal anti-cancer diet, and I use it freely.  Exceptionally rich in antioxidants, this oil has a special ability to help cells protect themselves from free radical damage, and it’s the oil mostly likely to make it to your table with its antioxidants intact.  Women dancing with breast cancer may want to use olive oil exclusively since recent studies find no statistically significant difference between breast cancer metastasis in women on a low-fat diet versus women on a high-fat olive oil diet.  Sesame – fresh tahini, and sesame seeds are rich in antioxidants, lignans and phenols which inhibit the formation of cancer.

Onion – like her sister garlic, onion can prevent as well as reverse cellular changes that initiate cancer. Onions are rich in selenium and allyl sulfides. In laboratory tests, onion extracts inhibited proliferation of some cancer cell and killed others.

Orange Peel – all citrus fruits are rich sources of antioxidants, flavonoids, coumarins, triterpenoids, and limonene. The part usually thrown away – the rind- is the most medicinal, but only from organic fruits. Bitter orange peel has a long and powerful reputation as a cancer preventative and a cancer cure.  See Materia Medica.

Organic food – several studies in the past five years have found that organically grown foods to be richer in minerals (up to 400% more selenium) and lower in heavy metals and carcinogenic compounds than non-organic foods (FN). For a free copy of one of these studies, write to Doctor’s Data (see Resources, p. 54). Organic farmers don’t use organochlorine-based petrochemicals which promote breast cancer (FN). They work to enrich the soil, insuring that succeeding generations will inhibit fertile land and the chance to reap rich croups of vital, healthy food.

Parsley – this ordinary herb in your salad, can help prevent the formation and growth of cancer cells in your breasts. Parsley is incredibly high in carotenes, folic acid, chlorophyll, and vitamin C. It also contains antiseptic, anti-cancer and antioxidants essential oils including terpenes and pinenes. In addition, parsley contains phytosterols which specifically hinder recurrence of breast cancer.  Parsley poultices soothe breasts sore from mammograms, surgery, infections, or swelling.  Drinking fresh parsley juice is harsh on the kidneys; I avoid it.

Pineapple – fresh, canned, or dried is a good source of protease inhibitors, and acids (including citric, folic, malic, and chlorogenic). The digestive enzyme bromelain, concentrated in the unripe fruit, has been found to disrupt the glycol-protein shield that tumors use to protect themselves, and to reduce metastatic recurrence.  Bromelain also reduces prostaglandin production.  See essential fatty acids for more on prostaglandins.

Potatoes – very rich source of antioxidants and protease inhibitors which can stop cancer-causing viruses even better than soybean protease inhibitors-formally the fiercest antiviral agents known. Eating potatoes strengthens the immune system, also a good source of chlorogenic acid, a polyphenol that prevents cancer initiation.  Virtually every member of the potato family has been regarded as a cure for cancer, even poisonous ones such as Belladonna atropa (see p. 291).  Organic Gardening magazine reports that soaking potatoes in cold water before cooking them increases their vitamin C content substantially.

Purslane – this common garden weed is a superb source of antioxidants, folic acid, carotenes, omega-3 fatty acids, and glutathione.

Radishes/daikon – radishes are exceptional anti-cancer foods, as rich sources of vitamins C and D, protease inhibitors, and other cabbage family phytochemicals. Daikon is used to increase the lifespan of the terminally ill in Chinese hospitals. See cabbage family.

Rhubarb – the stalks are effective at inhibiting cancer as are the roots, which are tastier. Cooked rhubarb stalks contain carotenes, flavanes, antioxidants, and rhein and emodin-two phytochemicals show to reduce the growth and spread of tumors.  To improve on a good thing, and avoid white sugar, sweeten rhurbarb with organic raisins, black mission figs, and a little maple syrup.

Rice – a good source of protease inhibitors, like all grains. Women who eat the most rice have the lowest rates of breast cancer; brown rice is the staple anti-cancer food of the macrobiotic approach, and in many forms- wild, basmati, short grain, and long grain- is one of the most important grains in my anti-cancer lifestyle diet.

Rye – another grain, another source of anti-cancer protease inhibitors.

Seasoning Herbs – all members of the mint family, including rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, lavender, and sage, are excellent sources of anti-cancer antioxidants, acids, polyphenols, phenolic diterpenes, flavonoids, and phytosterols. Tumeric contains the potent flavonoid curcumin, as well as carotenes, antioxidants, and phytosterols. Nutmeg, cloves, caraway, cayenne, cumin, celery seed, coriander, Asian culinary herbs – lemon grass, ganga, betel nuts are also strong anti-cancer agency that emulsify cancer-initiating chemicals and transport them out of the body.  Ginger is a tonic when used in small amounts frequently.  Japanese scientists found ginger remarkably effective at blocking mutational changes that initiate cancer as it enhances production of glutathione-S-tranferease, thus improving the body’s ability to remove and resist carcinogens.

Seaweed – brown seaweeds such as wakame, kelp and kombu provide a treasure chest of cancer-preventative constituents: antioxidants, carotenes, selenium, and the star: alginic acid which absorbs heavy metals, radioactive isotopes, and some chemicals, escorting them harmlessly out of the body. (Lab rats, pobres, who ate seaweed before being exposed to cancer-causing chemicals had 30% less breast cancer – FN). Seaweed in the daily diet protects the thyroid, strengthens the lymphatic and immune systems, and prevents the initiation of cancer; it has an active anti-tumor effect and has the ability to prevent recurrence.  (In the study mentioned above, continued ingestion of kelp acted on the rats who did develop cancer as a chemotherapeutic agent, slowing the cancer’s progression in 95% of them).  Seaweed is an important complementary medicine for the woman choosing chemotherapy or radiation, with a therapeutic dose is 2 ounces/60 grams dried seaweed daily during treatment or after a mammogram.  Generally avoid powdered seaweed, as it might be lacking the beneficial alginic acids.

Soybeans – esp. fermented (tamari, miso, tempeh, natto) are exceptionally rich in phytochemicals which prevent the initiation, promotion, and recurrence of breast cancer; phytates, phtosterols, phenolic acids, lecithin, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, protease inhibitors, saponins, isoflavones, and anticoagulants (FN). Daily ingestion of a half cup of tofu, tempeh, or miso, or a cup of soymilk, may reduce risk of breast cancer in women (FN). (Fermented) Soy also protects cells from the cancer-promoting effects of radiation and chemicals (both environmental and medical). After exposure to x-rays, soy-fed rats developed breast cancer only half as frequently as rats not eating soy.  Tamari added to the diet of mice reduced their actual incidence of cancer in a dose-dependent fashion.  See beans.

Spinach – offers anti-cancer protease inhibitors, chlorophyll, folic acid, unusually high levels of lutein, and three times more carotenes than an equal amount of carrots. Those who eat the most spinach have the lowest rates of cervical and endometrial cancers.

Sprouts – don’t eat them; prefer plants ground in the earth, grounded in their energy and much richer in minerals. Avoid the staggering array of carcinogenic natural chemicals produced by sprouting plants to protect themselves.

Squash – see Winter Squash

Stinging Nettle – one of favorite anti-cancer foods; is a rich source of carotenes and chlorophyll, as well as an excellent source of folic acid and selenium. Is a powerful ally for women choosing chemo, as it protects the blood itself from mutagenic changes (which can lead to leukemia) cause by chemotherapeutic drugs.  See also nourishing herbal infusions.

Strawberries – of 1,271 elderly U.S.ers, those who ate the most strawberries were least likely to develop cancer. Lessened cancer risk was more accurately gauged by looking at strawberry consumption than any other food.  Rich in anti-oxidants, chlorogenic acids, folic acid, ellagic acid and polyphenols.

Sunflower seeds – can inhibit the formation and recurrence of breast cancers. Instead of vitamin E supplement, I eat nutty sunflower seeds loaded with anti-cancer antioxidants and genistein.  See nuts.

Sweet potatoes – unrelated to potatoes, are a superior source of anti-cancer carotenes, carotenoids, and phytosterols. They have a powerful reputation for lowering cancer risk and are esp good allies for women exposed to environmental organochlorines and for those wishing to avoid breast cancer recurrence.

Tea – either black or green, drunk in ordinary amounts, checks the initiation, promotion and growth of breast cancer (and 8 other cancers including lung and liver) FN. Every cup of tea contains anti-mutagenic, anti-cancer tannins (green tea has 2x the tannins of black) and antioxidant, anti-cancer polyphenols (esp. epigallocatechin gallate).  Green tea is the strongest anti-mutagen of any plant yet tested, completely suppressing sold tumor formation in mice at risk and protecting habitual drinkers in Japan from many cancers.  Russian, Indian and Japanese studies validate tea’s reputation for providing protection against radiation, but only if drunk daily at least one week before exposure.  Be aware that tea does contain caffeine, and caffeine can aggravate breast tenderness and lumpiness in some women.

Tomatoes – like potatoes, these are members of a plant family long considered more related to sorcery than medicine. Tomatoes are an excellent anti-cancer food, rich in anti-oxidants, chlorogenic acids, flavonoids, coumarins, carotenes, lycopene, and carotenoids. High consumption of tomatoes correlates strongly with lessened risk of cancer.  Women over 65 who ate tomatoes infrequently were twice as likely to have breast (and other) cancers as those who ate them regularly.  Tomatoes are exceptionally effective at preventing the initiation of cancer.

Turnips – both the roots and the greens are edible, so there’s a double dose of anti-cancer compounds. Actually, it is like 4x, because turnips have 2x as much glucosinolates as Brussel sprouts or watercress.  See cabbage family.

Watercress – excellent source of anti-cancer compounds such as chlorophyll, antioxidants, gallic acid, folic acid, and glucosinolates. Regular consumption stimulate hair growth, builds appetiete, and strengthen the immune system, making it a healing food for those using chemo or radiation.  In animal studies, injections of watercress extract stopped cancer.

Wheat/Wheat grass – freshly milled whole grain wheat flower (not white or its products) is a good source of anti-cancer lignans, diferulic acid, and protease inhibitors. An excellent source of chlorophyll, folic acid, ad antioxidants.  See cereal grasses; see oil.

Wild & Exotic mushrooms – puffballs, reishii, oyster, shiitake, straw, maitake, Zhu lin, polyporacea, chaga, tree ears have been shown to enhance immune functioning, deactivate viruses, prevent the promotion and initiation of many cancers, slow tumor growth, and increase lifespan (2 FNs). Rich in selenium, antioxidants, lignans, and adaptogenic compounds.  I eat them once a month for cancer prevention, those with cancer can partake more freely and frequently.  Don’t forage them, could be dangerous.

Winter Squash – pumpkin, butternut, Hubbard, acorn, delicate, and turban are sweet-tasting, orange-fleshed, hard-rinded and exceptionally rich in cancer-preventing carotene sand antioxidants.

Yogurt – a quart a week not only helps me prevent cancer, it strengthens my immune system, and promises me a healthy long life. Fermented milk, also know as leben, youghurt, kafir, koumiss, and yakult is the daily drink of the worlds healthiest citizens, no matter where they live.  Beneficial bacteria in milk from pesticide and herbicide free grass is one of the very best foods available.  Makes calcium more bio-available.  Helpful prostaglandins and fatty acids inactivate the kinds of prostaglandins that initiate cancer.  Special antibodies found in yogurt mitigate the cancer-promoting effects of viral and bacterial infections.  Especially recommended for those at high risk of cancer, it is superb at blocking cellular changes that initiate the cancer cascade.  Several studies have shown that the more yogurt a woman eats, the lower her risk of breast cancer (FN). Eating a quart a week protects the vagina and bladder from infections, and improves digestion.  Milk is healthy, and home-made yogurt, cultured for 24 hours before being refrigerated is lactose free!

  1. Sample Meal plans (Rafael) –

Breakfast –

  1. Oatstraw or oats (avena or oatmeal), raw pineapple, ginger or green tea.
  2. Nuts, seeds, lightly roasted potatoes, apple cider.
  3. Rye toast with olive oil, cooked apples,
  4. Rhubarb with raisins, black mission figs & a touch of maple syrup
  5. Yogurt, nuts, strawberries or cooked/uncooked orange peel

Lunch or dinner –

  1. Lentils and potatoes, with cooked tomatoes, or carrots, burdock (gobo), collard greens, or cabbage/sauerkraut with purslane and cucumbers as topping
  2. Brown rice and lentils with cooked kale, or beans (pinto or black) with scallions or other onions and garlic (parsley, rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano as seasoning)
  3. Lentil salad with a good rice pasta, rosemary as seasoning, or arugula or mustard greens or bok choy, miso soup, onion, garlic
  4. Miso soup with brown rice pasta, cooked seaweed, or cooked collards, cabbage, or mustard greens, onion, garlic
  5. Winter squash with olive oil, or sweet potatoes, millet, cooked greens (collards, mustard greens, spinach), or brown rice with mushrooms, watercress in salad.
  6. Lentils and brown rice, broccoli or brussels sprouts, cauliflower or beets (raw or cooked).
  7. Garbanzo bean soup, fermented tofu, tomatoes, ginger, onions, garlic, brown rice on the side.
  8. Lentil soup – I have a great recipe from Diet for a Small Planet which has a rich tomato broth.
  9. Salmon (is really good to work against inflammation) salad on rye toast (with garlic and olive oil!), celery, mustard greens, side of brown rice, ginger green tea.

Snacks –

  • fruit (strawberries, grapes, raisins, pineapple, figs)
  • nuts (almonds, pecan, walnuts, black walnuts)
  • seeds (sunflower)
  • yogurt (Rafael – I really like coconut yogurt which also has all the good gut bacteria in it without the hormones and lactose that U.S. produced milk often has)

Herbs and foods to mitigate the bad side effects of chemo –

  • Astragalus – a Chinese herb which has been used for thousands of years and is a powerful anti-cancer herb. Can come as a tea.
  • Pau d’arco or lapacho – Argentinian and Brazilian docs have shown that this is anti-cancer tea. From Traditional Medicinals.
  • Broccoli – see above.
  • Carrots – see above.
  • Celery – see above.
  • Garlic – see above.
  • Dandelion – see above
  • Nettles – see above
  • Comfrey Leaf – see above
  • Burdock root – see above
  • Red Clover – see above
  • Oats/Oatstraw – see above
  • Garlic – see above
  • Onion – see above
  • Parsley – see above
  • Seaweed (recipes on p. 222) – see above
  • Watercress – see above
  • Greens – see above
  • Stinging Nettle – see above
  • Herbal Infusions

Other resources –

Possible Meals – tons of infomation, and possible meal combos to try
1. Eating Well During and After Your Cancer Treatment –
2. Healthy Diets for Cancer Patients from the Mayo Clinic –
3. How to make food taste better –





Making Herbal Medicine Together/Haciendo Medicina de Hierbas Juntxs

fullsizeoutput_3523My buddies and fellow gardeners at Maggie’s Magic Garden talked together about how to make herbal salves.  I choose one of my favorite herbs with which to do so, plantain.  It is called the mother of all drawing herbs because it draws poison and other causes of conditions out of the skin, white man’s foot print because of the way it was spread from Europe.  Given the latter, de todos modos, it is a powerfully helpful herb to heal all kind of challenges in the skin, by fortifying the body to heal itself.

Mis cuatxs y compas del Jardín Magíco de Maggie hablamos juntxs como hacer pomadas de hierbas.  Escogí unas de mis favoritas con cual hacerla, llanten.  Se llama la madre extractiva (ojo, no en el sentido del capitalismo racial despojador del ambiente) de todas las hierbas porque saca o chupa el veneno o causas de condiciones fuera de a piel, la pisada del hombre blanco dicho como se despáramo por toda parte desde Europa.  Dado lo último, not withstanding, es una hierba poderosa para sanar todo tipo de retos de la piel, al respaldar el poder del cuerpo en sanarse.

Herbal medicine gets at the roots of what is happening to us, and it is then so powerful.  I had a small burn on my skin, and in the last few days have been applying my and nature’s coproduced rosemary salve, and it is a mere small dot now.  Given all the sadness and craziness in the world, such herbal healing power makes me very happy with its miraculous material powers to transform health challenges in our beings.

La medicina de hierbas se enfoca en las raíces de lo que nos pasa, y asi es bien poderosa.  Yo tenia una quemadura pequeña de la piel, y hace días le pongo la pomada de romero que yo y la naturaleza producimos, y solo me queda un puntito pequeño hoy día.  Dado toda la tristeza y locura en el mundo, dicho poder de sanación de las hierbas me pone tan contentx con sus poderes materiales milagrosos para transformar retos de salud en nuestrxs seres.

Yay herbal medicine!  ¡Que viva la medicina de hierbas!


Rosemary Balm to Share!/Pomada de Romero para compartir!

Rosemary is one of the greatest herbs that gives off one of the most powerful and rich fragrances, and it is so great for the skin, memory and lips too!

El romero es uno de las hierbas más cheveres que da una de las fragances más poderosxs y ricxs, y sirve tanto para la piel, la memoria y además para los labios.

Maggie’s Magic Garden/El Jardín Magíco de Maggie


I’m so excited to be working together with several gente raza in El Barrio to care for a nearly 25-year-old garden!  It has been a while since I have been able to work in a garden outside of my green plants on my window sills.

Estoy bien entusiasmadx en trabajar juntx con varias gente raza en el Barrio en cuidar un jardín que casi cumple 25 años.  Hace tiempo que no puedo trabajar en un jardín fuera de mis plantas al lado de mis ventanas.

Maggie is such an incredible gardener.  She is from Bolivia, and also a long time El Barrio resident, and she and a few others have created this magic garden.  Magic takes lots of work and struggle, and then it comes together in a nature vortex!  We will celebrate those 25 years of work, struggle and magic next year!

Maggie es una jardinera increíble.  Ella es de Bolivia, y hace tiempo que es residente de El Barrio, y ella y unxs cuantxs otros crearon este jardín mágico.  La magia requiere mucho trabajo, y lucha, y entonces se junta en el vórtice de la naturaleza! Vamos a celebrar esos 25 años de trabajo, lucha, y magia el año entrante!

Squash, squash flowers, beets, Bolivian spinach, wild strawberries, raspberries, comfrey on bricks, grapes, peaches becoming ripe before our very eyes!  Fig, cherry, peach, pine trees, roses, hydrangea, many types of mint, basil, rosemary, and now aloe vera from my garden, and young people of color-made murals. Frog musician friends and more on swings.

What a great flowering garden in El Barrio!  

Calabaza, flores de calabaza, remolacha, espinaca boliviana, fresas silvestres, moras, comfrey entre los ladrillos, uvas, duraznos madurando en un instante!  Arboles de higo, cereza, durazno, pino, rosas, hortensia, muchos tipos de menta/yerba buena, albahaca, romero, y ahora sábila de mi jardín, colmenas de abejas, y murales hechos por jovenes de color!  Amigos sapos músicos y más en columpios.

Que jardín floreciente bakano en el Barrio!  

Happy Pride, no pride in pigs


This year’s pride march in Manhattan was very politicized, rejecting the fascist policies of Trump and his cronies in saying Black Lives Matter, supporting Palestine, women’s health, LGBT health, fighting for housing, and against privatization.



Corralled of course by the police, but that didn’t stop us from celebrating and resisting!  One of the big things the cops did was to sound their sirens to get people to cheer, and not all of us did.  What is the big deal, come to my hood and hear the cops sounding their sirens all day, every day.  And no one is cheering!



¡Puerto Riiiiiiccccooo Libre Y Soberana!/Free and Sovereign Puerto Rico!


Asi, se ve.  Quien se imaginaba que después de 36 años enjaulado, Oscar estaría libre?!!/This is what it looks like.  Who would have imagined that after 36-caged years, Oscar would be free?!!

!Y sin patrocinadores de corporaciones, que se vayan al carajo!/And without corporate sponsors, they can go to hell!

Spring has sprung!/¡Ya florecío la primavera!

The great Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden is the surefire sign that Spring is here.  Orchids are one of the most incredible flowers as they appear to cross the lines between species, and I am not talking Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) either!

Sharing the exhibition with my friends Iso and K, and chillin in the park and drawing with dear Deshonay is the best.

And I also think about being in the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden in Bogotá, Colombia and even though the orchid is Colombia’s national flower, it cannot compare to the abundance here in New York.  Talk about over development, even in flowers!

None the less, enjoy!

La Exhibición de Orquidias en el Jardín Botánico de Nueva York demuestra rotundamente que llego la primavera.  Las orquidias son unas de as más increibles flores en parecer cruzar las lineas entre especies, y no lo digo para hablar de Organismos Modificados Geneticamente (OMG)!


Compartiendo la exhibición con mis compas Iso y K y jangeando en el parque dibujando con Querida Deshonay es bakano.

Además pienso en el estar con mi primo Darío en el Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis y aunque la orquidia es la flor nacional de Colombia, no se puede comparar con la abundancia de Nueva York.  ¡Dique el super desarrollo, aun en flores!

De todos modos, pa’ aprovechar!

And, a word about so-called food deserts, there is lots of food in the desert, we might just have to be change our way of thinking to get at it, or we might have to be more in tune with the rest of nature.  I don’t get the food justice people who use this term, to refer to social relations that keep good healthy food away from poor and working class neighborhoods of color.  It is not the fault of the desert, the fault lies in greed and hatred against our communities in efforts to exterminate us, aka, racial capitalism. Didn’t succeed then, won’t now.

Y una palabrita sobre los supuestos desiertos de comida, aun la hay en el desierto, solo que puede que tenemos que tomar otra mentalidad para conseguirla, o quiza, tenemos que estar en más harmonia con el resto de la naturaleza.  No entiendo la gente que buscan la justicia alimentaria quienes usan este termino, cual usan para referirse a las relaciones sociales que alejan la comida buena y saludable de comunidades de color pobres y trabajadora.  No es culpa del desierto, la culpa la tiene la avaricia y el odio contra nuestras comunidades en aniquilarnos, o sea, el capitalismo racial.  Nunca lo logro, y no lo hará.

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