Curing Cancer

Cancer is a curable disease and it has been treated for over 100 years from a number of different scientists and healers.

Take a moment. Let the weight of this statement sit with you. Listen to all of the friction it caused. And digest it because what I have just told you is true.

Cancer is curable and we have had the cures for the better part of a century.

Before diving into the solutions—which is the purpose of this article—let us understand the entire scope of the problem. The healthcare system does not aim to heal. It is at best, a system that heals symptoms. Healthcare is a business. And I aim not to prove that businesses are wrong (for they aren’t), but instead to draw your attention towards the profit-driven side of the health enterprise. Cancer alone is a 20 billion dollar per year industry. Health-based industries rely on patients to treat—not to heal.

Healing would inevitably spell out marginal decline in profits and, ultimately, the entire industry would be in trouble. Cures are financially disastrous. This is the reason very few cures have been “found.” On top of this, cancer treatments (besides costing a fortune) are extremely counterintuitive to healing and are in fact, outlandishly ineffective.

Published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2004, chemotherapy garnered an incredibly low 2.1% 5-year survival success rate. This study was also repeated in Australia, finding an almost identical number of 2.3%.

The current forms of treatment devastate the body. Basically, years of technological advancements in cancer treatment have accumulated in the idea that we will “smoke out the bad guys.” Like using fire to fight fire, we poison the body in hopes of killing the cancer stem cells using harmful chemicals. In this process, we effectively take away our most powerful healing system: our own body.

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Healthy Kitchen

How healthy is your kitchen?

I’m not talking about how clean you keep your countertops or how many organic vegetables are neatly organized in your fridge; nor am I concerned with the state of the dishes, sink or your small wastebasket designated for composting. What I am talking about is how well your kitchen supports healthy food choices.

Yes, that is correct. Your kitchen makes decisions that affect your health.

The environment of the most important room in the house greatly dictates how one approaches food.

Traditionally, the kitchen was the center of activity in the home. In the Vedic science of establishment called sthapatya veda, the kitchen is the furnace from which warmth and life springs. In feng shui, the kitchen represents nourishment and prosperity, sustaining life. And in many other societies, the kitchen acts as a sphere of social, familial, and political connectivity. Literally, the center of life, the kitchen radiates heat, replenishes energy and connects society.

Today, however, the kitchen has become a wasteland of shiny appliances and unused barren spaces. Once the largest room in the home, the kitchen has now been reduced to a mere box. Barriers divide it from the rest of the house, keeping it segregated and confined.

The modern kitchen, rather than inciting words like warmth, comfort and love, is instead synonymous with adjectives like sterile and sanitary. It is no wonder we do not know how to feed ourselves. The very instrument used to create nourishment has been transformed into a metallic machine incapable of inspiring the brightest souls.

In order to reclaim our health, we must first reclaim the kitchen.

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Eating the Universe

What is food?  Have you ever really stopped to ask yourself this question?  I mean, we eat it everyday, we buy it at the grocery store, and we order it in restaurants, but do we ever really take the time to understand exactly what it is we are putting into our bodies?

This was a question that forever changed my relationship with food.

Like many people, I enjoyed a diet of no restrictions.  You know, the whenever-I’m-hungry-for-whatever-I-want diet.  It was a successful diet in the sense that I did not die. But in many ways it was extremely unhealthy. I certainly put on a few pounds and lacked any sort of energetic enthusiasm. Yet my hunger was quenched and my desires satisfied. This was how I lived most of my life.

Then after x amount of time studying food and learning about life, I came across a book that brought me to an amazing revelation: when we eat, we are eating the sun.

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The Miraculous & Disgusting Apple Cider Vinegar

Thanks to a group of my very healthenlightened friends, I have been on an apple cider vinegar routine.  Just typing those words make me cringe.  For any who have attempted this feat, you must already know the horror of the flavor, stench and bite this absolutely amazing drink carries.  For all its hassle, apple cider vinegar is a modern day panacea.  If you can stomach the punch, you’ll be greatly rewarded with a plethora of health benefits.  I find the classic saying—No pain, no gain—very pertinent.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV from now on) is an ancient healing remedy.  I was first introduced to it by my father, who I swore was crazy for even buying the stuff.  It turns out, health gurus from as early as 3000 BC were downing this ‘delightful’ drink.  We are able to confirm ACV usage back in ancient Egypt.  It was used as a healing remedy in Babylonia (Egypt) and travelled out of the Fertile Crescent towards ancient Greece and the Roman Empire where enlightened thinkers such as Hippocrates (400BC) and Julius Caesar (100BC) used it for its cleansing properties.  As it reached further out, it headed towards Japan, where samurais used it for strength.  It is recorded that in biblical times it was considered as one of the world’s first antiseptics. In more recent times, it was used during the Middle Ages in Paris as a body deodorant and healing tonic.  Christopher Columbus and his crew drank it to prevent scurvy.  And according to Bragg, it was even used in the US Civil war to prevent disease amongst soldiers.

In the wrong hands, ACV could ultimately lead to the annihilation of millions!

It’s obvious many people across many culture and timespans understood the benefits of ACV.  But that still leaves us with a few questions.  First, what is it?

ACV is made from crushed apples that are allowed to mature naturally in wooden barrels (obviously today methods may vary).  Wood was the container of choice as it boosts fermentation.  ACV carries a rich brown color and the stuff you want to drink has a “mother” floating in it.  The mother is a cob-web like structure that will hang around the bottom of the container.  This is an ESSENTIAL part of choosing the correct ACV. It indicates that the brew is raw and alive, which means it has not been pasteurized.  Once it is pasteurized, just like any other living food, many nutrients and enzymes are destroyed.  The mother is essentially a large mass of enzymes stuck together.

Next on my list: Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Now, the second question usually goes like this: What does ACV really do?  There is a ton of undocumented heresay about the healing properties of ACV, but what has actually been shown to work scientifically?

To this I answer in two parts. One: stop thinking so scientifically. There are many areas of existence that science is still incapable of measuring and just because science can’t see something does not mean it doesn’t exist. And because I know that’s not going to cut it for many people, two: There is a TON of science behind ACV.

In 2007, a study published in “Diabetes Care” found that those with type two diabetes who took 2 tbsp. of ACV before bedtime showed favorable changes in blood sugar levels the next morning.  In 2009, a Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry study found obese people who consumed ACV daily for 12 weeks showed significant decrease in body weight.  It is also scientifically understood that ACV restores alkalinity in the body (an important factor as our acidic diets invite favorable conditions for disease).

Some less scientifically studied, but widely proven ACV benefits are healing dandruff, reducing acne and supporting regularity in digestion.

If Johnny Appleseed knew about the healing power he was spreading...

So the third question: How do you drink it?

Well, this is an ongoing pursuit for me, but I started out with just 2 tbsp of ACV in 1/2 C of water with the juice of one lemon. This was slightly less painful than just taking a pure shot (which is highly not recommended as it can lead to enamel loss and possibly burning sensitive tissues in the throat).  Next, I tried 2 tbps ACV and a cup of apple juice.  This drink tasted much better.  However, I don’t know about you, but I love my apple juice and I’d rather not waste it masking the flavor of ACV.  So this led me to my current option, which is the best I have found so far.

I take 1 0z. ACV squeeze 1/4 ruby red grapefruit, 1/2 orange (can be a blood orange, tangerine, or regular orange), and 1/2 lime (depending on size maybe 1/4).  I mix this all together and get about 3 oz. of liquids and chug it down.  It still leaves a nasty after taste, but I’m working on it.

If it only tasted like how this picture looks...

Personally, I will attest to the energetic properties of ACV.  Not only do I take it every morning to get up and go, but it sustains me through the morning hours.  What actually inspired me to write this very detailed post on ACV was the shot I just took of it.  You can feel energy right away and the heat in your stomach and digestive system is very apparent.  Give it a try and let me know in the comments what you think.  Also if you have a secret recipe PLEASE let me know.  I’m dying to find the best one so that I can make my mornings a little more pleasant =)