August 24, 2009

Alternative Ways for Treating Disease

I have a friend of a friend who’s 5 year old son was diagnosed with Leukemia several months ago.  She asked me to send her an email with any information I had regarding diet and nutrition when beginning to take on disease from an alternative approach.  She then encouraged me to share it with you…All the suggestions listed in my email are profound for our health, regardless if you are battling a chronic disease or want to help prevent poor health from happening…and for those with small children, now’s the time to start to incorporate healthy eating and food choices into our little ones lives.  It’s a bit radical so take it or leave it…

Keep in mind this email was written to a woman who’s son was diagnosed with Leukemia:

With leukemia, food healing value is lost very quickly in the body so it’s going to be imperative that you keep the diet as nutritious as possible.  The first things I’d do is eliminate sugar, starch and white flour as these things can breed/increase cancer cells.  In my opinion, no matter the disease, the most common approach for a healing diet is a vegan diet, high in plant protein and leafy greens.  The less you cook the food the better.  I realize this might be a challenge for a 5 year old but it can be done or at least attempted as much as possible. (Smoothies and juices will help this) Make sure you give yourself some time and grace to get there. It took me a few months (as an adult) to learn to eat and cook like this. One thing I learned, the simpler the better.

So some things you’ll want to get:
1.  A juicer (Omega 8005 Juicer).  It’s a little more expensive than the Juice Man you can get at Costco but it’s worth it.  It doesn’t waste nearly the amount of fruits/veges and you extract more juice, so it’s cheaper in the long run.

2.  A good blender. I have the Vitamix which is awesome and I use it every day but it’s not a “have to have”, it just makes smoothies like jamba juice!  But a powerful blender is important.

3.  Some books/sites if your interested and ones that I’ve used for years to treat different diseases…
Disease Proof your Child & Eat to LIve by Dr. Joel Fuhrman (this doctor is awesome, he’s actually a doctor I’ve seen and has been a great resource).
Healthy Healing by Linda Page
Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices by N. W.  Walker (for some recipes if you need them) (recipe ideas)

So here’s what I’d aim for.  But real quick I have to share something that I’ve learned and I can’t not share it because it has so impacted my life.  I have done alternative medicine for 15 years and it can really take over your life if you don’t find the balance.  There is time for extreme which might be where you are at right now, the beginning where you need to get a good handle on his diet, but he’s also 5. So don’t be too hard on yourself as you try to incorporate/change his diet and lifestyle.  God is still God and He is still the the one that can do all things that we cannot. So I’m trying to find that place where I do my part and be responsible for my body and healthy eating but also to remember that God needs room to do his part.  So just be careful to not obsess with it, as I did because there’s so much info out there, it can be overwhelming, and as it did me, can take over your life. So all that to say, extend yourself some grace and just do the best you can.

Ok, so here’s what I’d do: (order of importance)
Carrot juice will be your base always so look at Costco, they carry a 5 lb bag of organic carrots and they last a while.  The veges to juice with it…celery, parsley, spinach, beets and tops.  I’ll give you my ratio as an adult so you have an idea of the proportions and you can half it for a child.  4 carrots, 3 celery, 1/2 bunch parsley 1/2 beet and a few tops.  I tend to leave the spinach out a lot because I put it in smoothies (I’ll explain that next).
When you juice, drink it immediately as to not let the nutrients break down. For time sake, I’ve bought freezer bags and made large batches and frozen them in 8 oz packs.  That might be helpful. If you can get him to do this morning and evening that would be awesome.

Smoothies (or blended salads):
These are awesome and my favorite way to get gross things down!  Great for kids because you can hide all sorts of stuff in them. I also freeze them into popsicle molds.
Start with fresh juice if you can. I bought a hand juice extractor, so I can fresh squeeze an orange, quicker than putting it through a juicer.  Or you can juice some apples and use that.  So orange or apple juice for your base, try not to use the store bought concentrates as they are high in the bad sugars.  The only juice I buy on occasion is the real 100% POM juice but it’s expensive, it’s cheaper just to juice an orange.  But it does save a little time.
The best fruits to hide bad flavors…pineapple, strawberries, bananas.  Frozen or fresh. You can really add whatever fruit but I find these are a must for flavor.  Ok, your goal with the smoothies are to add leafy greens but start slow so he adjusts to the tastes.  The best one to start with is spinach and then kale, both are mild.  You will get to adding bok choy, swiss chard, little watercress (maybe, kinda peppery).  I dump in ground flax seed.
Again, my ratio to give you an idea:  juice of one orange, 5 strawberries, handful pineapple, 1/2 banana, 1-2 cups spinach, 3-4 leafs kale, whole head of baby bok choy (they are small when you buy the baby!) 1-2 swiss chard, 2 TBLS flax meal.  It makes about 16-20 oz.  So for your son, do the juice and fruit and maybe start with a cup of spinach.  Increase from there.

Steamed and Raw Veggies:
Think cruciferous and green.  They are the most nutrient dense.  Broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, brussel sprouts, asparagus.
In the Disease Proof your Child book he talks about ways to get your kids to switch from the American diet to a more vegan/nutrients dense diet and a suggestion he has is to just put a plate out of raw veges, raw nuts and let them have access to it all day. It went against my scheduled eating plan at first, but really that goes out the window when you start looking at food as medicinal.  So try snap peas, carrots, cherry tomatoes, berries, raw zucchini, string beans, bell peppers.  Raw nuts (great source of good fats) are my sons favorite, I make him trail mix with a bunch of different ones and add some dried cranberries, raisins or cut up dried mangos or apples.

These are great because you can make these in large batches and freeze in small portions.  I would make some veggie soups with veggie broth as a base. Add beans and brown rice, and chopped spinach and kale.

Some other things to expose him to to help with the switch:
tofu (in moderation and I do let him dip it in Braggs amino acids (raw soy sauce)), beans (I started just putting 4 or 5 on his plate and asking him to just eat those), 100% whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, brown rice noodles, Ezekiel breads)

Ok, so there are some ideas.  It’s kind of a lot to take in.  The most important to start with is adding the juicing and then the smoothies and eliminating the sugar and flour. If you find the time and energy and desire you can add in and incorporate the other stuff.

Looking back at this email as I was posting it, I will be really honest with you…I did have this lifestyle for about a year, it is hard and takes great amounts of time to live this way.  I took about a 6 month brake from the radicalness of it and am now at a great balance for me and my family.  I very much attempt to eat this way as frequently as I can and I try with my son but do allow grace in the learning curve while he learns new tastes.  We also incorporate small amounts of lean chicken and fish in our dinners and my husband has just agreed to start adding one vegetarian meal a week!  So see, it can be a process to changing your eating and lifestyle, in fact, excluding the extreme disease crisis, it’s easier to make it a permanent lifestyle if you gradually work your way into the changes.  Food for thought!

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October 09, 2011 Twichi

Are there nuts that a person with lupus should not eat? I love cashews & sunflower seeds & almonds. Do they cause flairs?

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