Change is good for the soul – and your health!
After making the life-changing decision to heal naturally, Daleen decided that many changes in her lifestyle were necessary. After all, cancer can only happen if your immune system can’t fight it, and that means your immune system is either broken or damaged. Either way, repairs are in order. But where to start?
Let me give you some background here. Neither Daleen or I were well versed in healthy immune systems. We thought we were pretty healthy people. We’d been vegetarians – okay for the picky among you technically we’re pescatarians which simply means we also eat fish. We did not become vegetarians because we didn’t wish to eat animals, we went down that road because of the chemicals and hormones in meat. Back to the topic now. We had a healthy diet and thought we also had a healthy lifestyle. Boy, were we ever wrong.
Knowing we needed to fix her immune system and do it fast, we turned to other folks who have gone before us down the road to natural healing. Enter Bill Henderson. Bill watched his wife die a horribly painful death due to cancer, despite her doing everything the doctor ordered. After her death, Bill decided that there had to be a better way; that his wife did not die in vain. He wrote a book Cancer-Free, Your Guide to Gentle, Non-Toxic Healing. Bill wrote in an understanding way. He’s non-judgmental and offered that most important quality of all. Hope. He wrote there are hundreds of ways to cure cancer without toxic chemicals. I’ve often thought there are angels among us, certainly Bill was one of them and sadly (or happily for him) he’s now among them having passed away about 18 months ago. Another side trip here – when you hear chemotherapy, think toxic chemicals. The first chemotherapy drugs were an advent of poison gas from World War I. Back once more. Bill introduced us to others who think alike and who share their knowledge. Chris Wark, Dr. Johanna Budwig, Kris Carr and so many more.
We stopped all toxic chemicals in the house. That means no more dryer sheets, no more commercial laundry detergent. Toss out shampoos, soaps, most cleaners. Out went toothpaste (fluoride and sugar), deodorants (aluminum), and almost every container of makeup. If you are reading this and you happen to be of the female persuasion think about that. What would you do if you couldn’t use your favorite brands of makeup? Or virtually any kind. It took months and months to find safe substitutes. Next came a look at food. Nothing with artificial preservatives or colorings. No more processed sugar (sugar is just bad even if you are cancer free). No Dairy. Say goodbye to gluten. No peanut butter or peanuts (peanuts have a mold that is harmless – unless you have cancer), started 64 ounces of freshly made juice daily (thank you Champion juicer!) – my juicer even has flame decals as I’m the fastest juicer in town. Ok, maybe not but the flames are cool.
Started taking chlorella, iodine, magnesium and magnesium baths. Beta glucan, turmeric, started eating a lot of mushrooms and mushrooms capsules (thanks, Paul Stamets) 20,000 IU of Vitamin D daily, Zinc, Iron and selenium levels established and maintained. Ph balance checked on schedule.
Bought a Berkey water filter – the best in the business. Got a Rebound-Air (good for the lymphatic system) a Biomat for deep infrared heating (kills cancer cells) and took baking soda baths. Enter 35% Hydrogen Peroxide (when you pour 35% hydrogen peroxide into bath water, for every cup of H2O2, near 100 Liters of Oxygen is released. Oxygen creates an unhealthy environment for cancer cells), said no to phthalates, stopped touching cash register receipts (toxic chemicals) and tossed all sunscreen (toxic chemicals that you rub into your skin!)and instead started getting 45 minutes of sunshine daily. Regular massages, longer walks and only 100% cotton bed linens – the list goes on and on. It’s a long, tough process and it’s ever changing as our knowledge grows.
In short, Daleen took charge of her health. We’re acutely aware that health is a gift but a gift that needs continual attention. Some changes were easy, some for Daleen were incredibly difficult. There are other changes, psychological changes that are necessary too. We created a “Gratitude Jar” and when we are grateful, we write it down on a slip of paper and at the end of the year, we read those slips. Everyone has something to be grateful for, this makes it easier to remember. If we had something in the house that did not bring joy or wasn’t useful, out it went! She read more, traveled more, even though it tired her terribly, and started being more positive, despite the horrible negatives in her life.
All these changes were necessary and all are necessary. There’s a hundred more if you’d like the list, let me know and I’ll happily send it to you. The point is that in order to maintain a healthy body, you have to work at it. Some days you don’t have the energy and that’s okay. Get a good coach who will nag you, push you and hold you when nothing is going your way. Most of all, seek out information from those that have been there, you don’t have to do it alone. If you just need a wee boost, let me know – I developed a fine voice in the Army to encourage you!
Tomorrow I ‘ll wrap this all up!