PH & Disease

March 6, 2012 by Jen

pH Balance
Lesson 18, Page 1 of 1

 

 

 

The Cause of Disease

 

 

Have you ever wondered if many of the diseases raging through our society have a common cause? Many doctors, herbalists and nutritionists believe that the explanation may come down to these simple words:

 

 

 

pH Imbalance

 

Acid Alkaline Imbalance

 

Over acidity, which can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease. A healthy body maintains adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands. When excess acids must be neutralized our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition. A pH balanced diet, according to many experts, is a vital key to health maintenance.

The concept of acid alkaline imbalance as the cause of disease is not new. In 1933 a New York doctor named William Howard Hay published a ground-breaking book, A New Health Era in which he maintains that all disease is caused by autotoxication (or “self-poisoning”) due to acid accumulation in the body:

Now we depart from health in just the proportion to which we have allowed our alkalies to be dissipated by introduction of acid-forming food in too great amount… It may seem strange to say that all disease is the same thing, no matter what its myriad modes of expression, but it is verily so.—William Howard Hay, M.D.

More recently, in his remarkable book Alkalize or Die (see recommended reading), Dr. Theodore A. Baroody says essentially the same thing:

The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause…too much tissue acid waste in the body!—Theodore A. Baroody, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.

Understanding pH

pH(potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14—the lower the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution. When a solution is neither acid nor alkaline it has a pH of 7 which is neutral.Water is the most abundant compound in the human body, comprising 70% of the body. The body has an acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio called the pH which is a balance between positively charges ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The body continually strives to balance pH. When this balance is compromised many problems can occur.

It is important to understand that we are not talking about stomach acid or the pH of the stomach. We are talking about the pH of the body’s fluids and tissues which is an entirely different matter.

Test Your Body’s Acidity or Alkalinity with pH Strips:

It is recommended that you test your pH levels to determine if your body’s pH needs immediate attention. By using pH test strips, you can determine your pH factor quickly and easily in the privacy of your own home. If your urinary pH fluctuates between 6.0 to 6.5 in the morning and between 6.5 and 7.0 in the evening, your body is functioning within a healthy range. If your saliva stays between 6.5 and 7.5 all day, your body is functioning within a healthy range. The best time to test your pH is about one hour before a meal and two hours after a meal. Test your pH two days a week.

Click here to order pH Test Strips

Most people who suffer from unbalanced pH are acidic. This condition forces the body to borrow minerals—including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium—from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this strain, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage due to high acidity—a condition that may go undetected for years.Mild acidosis can cause such problems as:

  • Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
  • Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
  • Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
  • Immune deficiency.
  • Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
  • Hormone concerns.
  • Premature aging.
  • Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
  • Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue.
  • Slow digestion and elimination.
  • Yeast/fungal overgrowth.
pH and Bone Loss:
A recent seven-year study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, on 9,000 women showed that those who have chronic acidosis are at greater risk for bone loss than those who have normal pH levels. The scientists who carried out this experiment believe that many of the hip fractures prevalent among middle-aged women are connected to high acidity caused by a diet rich in animal foods and low in vegetables. This is because the body borrows calcium from the bones in order to balance pH. — American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Urine pH

Urine testing may indicate how well your body is excreting acids and assimilating minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. These minerals function as “buffers.” Buffers are substances that help maintain and balance the body against the introduction of too much acidity or too much alkalinity. Even with the proper amounts of buffers, acid or alkaline levels can become extreme. When the body ingests or produces too many of these acids or alkalis, it must excrete the excess. The urine is the perfect way for the body to remove any excess acids or alkaline substances that cannot be buffered. If the average urine pH is below 6.5 the body’s buffering system is overwhelmed, a state of “autotoxication” exists, and attention should be given to lowering acid levels.

Saliva pH

The results of saliva testing may indicate the activity of digestive enzymes in the body. These enzymes are primarily manufactured by the stomach, liver and pancreas. While the saliva also utilizes buffers just like the urine, it relies on this process to a much lesser degree. If the saliva pH is too low (below 6.5), the body may be producing too many acids or may be overwhelmed by acids because it has lost the ability to adequately remove them through the urine. If the saliva pH is too high (over 6.8), the body may suffer greatly, e.g. excess gas, constipation and production of yeast, mold and fungus. Some people will have acidic pH readings from both urine and saliva—this is referred to as “double acid.”

Restoring pH Balance in the Body

Your body is able to assimilate minerals and nutrients properly only when its pH is balanced. It is therefore possible for you to be taking healthy nutrients and yet be unable to absorb or use them. If you are not getting the results you expected from your nutritional or herbal program, look for an acid alkaline imbalance. Even the right herbal program may not work if your body’s pH is out of balance.

Change Your pH Balance from Acidic to Alkaline

By far the most common imbalance seen in our society is over acidity. If your urine and/or saliva test below 6.5 pH start with steps 1 through 5 below and continue adding steps until desired results are achieved. Be sure to monitor your progress with easy-to-use pH test strips:

pH Balance Supplements for Overly-Acidic

  1. Enzymes are essential: Take 1-2 capsules of either Food Enzymes or Proactazyme Plus with every meal. For even better and quicker results, also take 1-2 capsules of High Potency Protease and Nature’s Noni between meals on an empty stomach.
  2. Easily absorbable magnesium is needed: Take 2 Magnesium Complex with each meal which provides highly absorbable magnesium to help build necessary buffers. Magnesium is often lost in urine as a consequence of too much acid in the body.
  3. Alkaline minerals are essential: Take 1 ounce of either Ionic Minerals or Mineral Chi Tonic once daily.
  4. Alkalize with Green Food: Take 1 teaspoon of Liquid Chlorophyll in water up to eight times daily.
  5. Absorbable Calcium:If your urine is 5.8-7.2, take Calcium Plus Vitamin D and Magnesium (the amino acid chelated form, not the carbonate form) daily to support your bones. If pH is 5.0-6.5, use Sea Calcium (pH 10.)
    If your pH is still too acidic, add the following:
  6. Vitamin D3 helps hold calcium in the body. Taking NSP’s Vitamin D3 and Omega 3 will help the body buffer acids. Take 1-2 of each daily.
  7. Cleanse as needed: Take a psyllium hulls supplement such as Psyllium Hulls Combination or Psyllium Hulls Capsules at bedtime to maintain regular bowel movements. Use CleanStart or Chinese Tiao He Cleanse twice a year for liver, bowel and kidney detoxification.
  8. Strengthen urinary and lymphatic systems’ ability to excrete acids: Take Kidney Drainage and Lymphatic Drainage daily in water.
    Quality is Critical:I recommend only Nature’s Sunshine Products. NSP has formulated premium-quality products for 40 years. Our experience has been that substituting lesser quality products will compromise pH balancing results!Get the book!Get a copy of the book Alkalize or Dieby Dr. Baroody (see recommended reading below) and carefully follow his dietary recommendations choosing more foods that are alkaline-forming and less that are acid-forming. The food chart below briefly summarizes this information for some of the more common foods. A healthy diet should consist of 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods.

What Causes Me to be Acidic?

The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid-producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline-producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid-producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid-producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid-forming; and we use artificial chemical sweetners like NutraSweet, Equal, or aspartame, which are extremely acid-forming. One of the best things we can do to correct an overly-acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle. Refer to the recommended reading for specific help with diet and lifestyle.

pH Balance Supplements for Overly-Alkaline

Alkalinity is relatively rare, but if your urine and/or saliva consistently test above 7.0 pH, start with steps 1, 2 and 3 below and continue adding steps until the desired results are achieved. Be sure to monitor your progress with easy-to-use pH test strips. You will notice that some of these steps are the same as those recommended above for an overly acidic condition. This is because these steps have a buffering effect, or in other words they are balancing, tending to bring the pH back toward normal no matter which direction it has gone:

  1. Enzymes are essential: Take 1-2 capsules of Food Enzymes or Proactazyme Plus with every meal. Also take 1-2 capsules of High Potency Protease and Nature’s Noni between meals on an empty stomach.
  2. Support urinary and lymphatic systems’ ability to excrete toxins: Take Kidney Drainage and Lymphatic Drainage in water according to directions. Then use Lymphomax and Urinary Maintenance to maintain.
  3. Correct calcium is needed: Use NSP’s Liquid Calcium.
  4. Vitamin C: Use Timed-Release Vitamin C. Use 3,000 mg or more, to maximum bowel tolerance. (If diarrhea occurs, reduce intake.)
  5. Flax Seed Oil: Use 1 capsules of Flax Seed Oil 3 times a day or 2 tablespoons of Liquid Flax Seed Oil daily.
  6. Cleanse as needed: Take a psyllium hulls supplement such as Psyllium Hulls Combination or Psyllium Hulls Capsules at bedtime to maintain regular bowel movements. Use CleanStart or Chinese Tiao He Cleanse twice a year for liver, bowel and kidney detoxification.

 

pH Balance Chart

 

Most Alkaline Alkaline Lowest Alkaline FOOD CATEGORY Lowest Acid Acid Most Acid
Stevia Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup Raw Honey, Raw Sugar SWEETENERS Processed Honey, Molasses White Sugar, Brown Sugar NutraSweet, Equal, Aspartame, Sweet ‘N Low
Lemons, Watermelon, Limes, Grapefruit, Mangoes, Papayas Dates, Figs, Melons, Grapes, Papaya, Kiwi, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Raisins Oranges, Bananas, Cherries, Pineapple, Peaches, Avocados FRUITS Plums, Processed Fruit Juices Sour Cherries, Rhubarb Blackberries, Cranberries, Prunes
Asparagus, Onions, Vegetable Juices, Parsley, Raw Spinach, Broccoli, Garlic Okra, Squash, Green Beans, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Carob Carrots, Tomatoes, Fresh Corn, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Peas, Potato Skins, Olives, Soybeans, Tofu BEANS VEGETABLES LEGUMES Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans Potatoes (without skins), Pinto Beans, Navy Beans, Lima Beans Chocolate
    Almonds Chestnuts NUTS SEEDS Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds Pecans, Cashews Peanuts, Walnuts
Olive Oil Flax Seed Oil Canola Oil OILS Corn Oil
        Amaranth, Millet, Wild Rice, Quinoa GRAINS CEREALS Sprouted Wheat Bread, Spelt, Brown Rice White Rice, Corn, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta
        MEATS Venison, Cold Water Fish Turkey, Chicken, Lamb Beef, Pork, Shellfish
    Breast Milk Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat Milk, Goat Cheese, Whey EGGS DAIRY Eggs, Butter, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese Raw Milk Cheese, Homogenized Milk, Ice Cream
Herb Teas, Lemon Water Green Tea Ginger Tea BEVERAGES Tea Coffee Beer, Soft Drinks

Note that a food’s acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so lemons are alkaline-forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid-forming.

 


 

 

For More Information on this Topic:

Click to listen: “The Real Cause of Bone Loss” Click here to listen!             Click here for RealPlayer download

 

Recommended Reading:

 

 

Related Topic: For important information on the topic of osteoporosis and bone health, click on the speaker to listen online to the audio segment “The Real Cause of Bone Loss” including an interview with Theodore A. Baroody: Click here to listen!

 

 

End of Lesson 18 — Acid – Alkaline Balance

 

Word Review List

Free Chart Download The terms listed below were used in this lesson. If you are unsure of the meaning of any, click on the word for a definition. Use your web browser’s backbutton to return here:

  1. Acidosis
  2. Alkalosis
  3. Autotoxication
  4. Osteoporosis
  5. pH

Note: There has been a lot of misinformation regarding acid/alkaline imbalances disseminated by “Quackwatch” and other self-proclaimed “Quack busters.” Click here to read a brief rebuttal to Quackwatch propaganda.


 

There is no self-evaluation for Lesson 18. Continue to the next lesson.
 

pH testing is not a diagnostic test, but a useful tool in evaluating overall health. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

courtesy of http://www.naturalhealthschool.com/acid-alkaline.html

 

Clinic Jitters

March 5, 2012 by Jen

In times of stress, be bold and valiant- Horace

 

 

Clinic visits are often long and exhausting.  I am writing this on the eve of my departure in which I will take a 9:30 AM flight to North Carolina.  I gave my munchkins kisses and reassured them that all is well.  The children have lived this routine for the past 3 years and have developed highly adaptable behavior resulting from the uncertainty of cancer throughout the past 9 years.    “Mommy and daddy will be home late tomorrow night”, I reassure them.  The hardest part is always leaving but I am so blessed and grateful to be able to kiss my babies…What a blessing!  What a blessing to have an aunt and uncle who drop everything for the children so that Dave and I can make the journey.  Our blessings are too many to count!

Ample reading material in which I am armored with spiritual content seems to work best for me.  Since we create our own reality to a certain degree, I know I have the ability to fashion an all encompassing force which surrounds  and protects  me as it arms me against anything negative.  Although my doctors are very supportive at Duke, often times as with any cancer clinic visit, patients are on edge so our emotions are easily triggered.  Our eyes are the doorway into many souls at clinic.  Some of our experiences stir deep feelings and memories.  The visit   can be emotionally full and often can weigh heavily on our hearts as well as our caregivers.  Clinic can be a time of challenge.  It is a period when I receive various neurological testing such as the classic sobriety test or walk the line test, mathematical testing, memory recall testing and neurological tracking testing as well as  a host of others.  After 9 years, I have finally resigned myself to the fact that I will always be a cancer patient and must always experience various testing.  “It is what it is”.  For years after the initial diagnosis I was in a place of complete denial.  When testing time rolled around every 2 months, I playfully told my husband that I wanted to go to: “Da Nile” We would giggle but both of us knew there was no turning back.  In “Da Nile” a land of fantasy, we think we are escaping danger and are slick in our secret place of denial.  We feel safe while living in denial until a Crocodile comes along and bites us!  We all know as patients and caregivers that vigilance is part of the key to longevity and making our clinic visits is an important part of the equation.  As with any treatment we choose we must first must believe in its’ efficacy and strive for consistency.  Like a high paced video game in which good and evil battles demons which surround us all the time in the shadows of reason so must we  constantly force ourselves to question each of our life or death moves.  Sometimes where there is relapse, we often lose faith.  That is understandable but I think it’s important to recognize that just like in a video game you are given several chances to reach success.  Regardless of failure, if you’re alive, you’re in the game, end of story.  Demons only have the power that we give them.  Sure we get jitters in which we sweat, fret and downright wish to puke.  Throughout the past 9 years, I completed a multitude of treatments some painful others gross still others inconvenient.  Time has been the sweetest reward.  A doctor from a very famous NYC cancer hospital once asked me if I had a suicide plan after he nonchalantly dished out my 4-6 year prognosis.  I was separated from my husband, which was by design and staring at a strange man who knew nothing about who I was.  His assessment of my inner essence was based on a pathology report.  He had no hope that I could beat a terminal prognosis.  It’s very difficult for people battling terminal diseases when they feel like they are the last player on the team standing alone.  I stormed out, too crushed to even speak and never looked back.  That’s not to say that his words have not haunted me for the past 9 years.  When I reached the 3 year mark of my diagnosis and relapsed, I shrugged my shoulders like a defeated child losing a game and believed that the doctor from the famous NYC hospital was right.  My husband, my aunt, my uncle, my cousin Justin and my best friend Laura continually reminded me to keep moving forward.  My aunt always tells me that I am going to cure myself…very powerful words.    I fought the demons inside me and the harsh words projected by other oncologist I visited.  The second, third and fourth were not all that better in terms of their vision for me.  Hope, faith and positivity was not really in their vocabulary.  Furthermore, most did not believe that I could ever be cancer-free or beat the odds.  I cried in between visits, had occasional panic attacks that were scary but in the end with the help of my loved ones and God, I snapped out of it.  Thus far, their odds have meant little to me.  I am my own maker.  I create my own path.  With God as my spiritual guide I cannot falter.  With love, family and friendship, blessings and gratitude reign in His Kingdom.  All is right where it should be.  That’s not to say the challenge hasn’t been intensely exhausting paralleled by constant compromises and uncertainties.  To date, the following treatments have kept me alive and I have no regrets for the choices I have made.  My family has always been respectful and has supported me beyond words.  I completed 3 craniotomies, 1 in which I was awake; Ingested  Poly MVA, Mainlined Poly MVA weekly, received daily B12 injections; weekly peptide injections, completed a 1 year detoxification regimen using low temperature saunas and harsh body scrubs with olive oil; ingested some harsh chemical compound used to remove the toxic chemical Agent orange…really crazy, tough, gritty stuff.  Underwent hypothermia in Germany; also completed leukapheresis in Germany.  This was especially painfully because 2 large caterers were inserted; into one vein in each arm.  A large machine withdrew my blood into a large filtration machine while the other caterer replaced my blood back into my body.  After several hours, my blood was cleaned spun, filtered and baby dendritic cells were prepared to create a vaccine for me.  A small piece of tumor that I smuggled in my luggage would be used to prime this custom made vaccine- Very awesome stuff.  This cutting edge treatment was not available for early stage cancer patients so my husband found a place where it was available.  Each month the doctor personally transported my vaccine from Germany to NYC and administered it to me.  I followed this protocol for 2 years.  I ingested hundreds a dollars month on vitamins but eventually became complacent; I practiced homeopathy, ingested many different types of cancer fighting mushrooms.  Some I ate while others I drank.  After all that, 2 years later, I became sick again.  Poor follow up by my doctors at Weill Cornell left me with a Stage III brain cancer.  The news came at an especially tough time because my very close friend’s little baby was in and out of the hospital with her 5 year old.  She had brain cancer and stopped responding to her treatments.  Her prognosis was poor.  The news ripped my heart out worse than my relapse.  I was moving to the point in my life in which I thought the 2 of us would be fine.  She was buried in her small sized coffin which housed a beautiful child of God..She  touched a lifetime of hearts which can never be counted.  After the funeral, family and friends along with the little angel’s parents headed to Duke where Dr. Alan Friedman completed the awake craniotomy.  Her parents never left my side…  I never felt so much love in my life and felt such warmth in my entire body even during surgery.  I describe it as the Holy Spirit filling me up as he provided me with protection.  Hours later, I opened my eyes and was relieved that I had survived.  Although I lost partial vision, it was a compromise that I could accept.  The next day, we were elated to learn that we had a 95%-98% complete resection.  Chemotherapy was the next plan of action, taken each night, metronomically.  It was explained to have  the best success.  Reluctantly, I agreed to chemo and 2 weeks later my pharmaceutical package arrived via FedEx.  Long Story short, the treatments were difficult beyond anything I ever imagined.  I didn’t lose my hair but at times I felt like I lost my dignity.  I completed 11 months of chemo before excessive bruising and mouth sores became too painful for me to continue. I ended treatment 1 month prematurely but was reassured by doctors that the work of chemo was probably done anyway.  Shortly after, the PET SCAN Scan looked great and we were thrilled.  All that suffering and discomfort could be put behind me.  Unfortunately, 18 months after chemo, the cancer came back.  My husband took the news worse than me.  Even though we were so upset, we never gave up fighting.  We never were upset by any treatment decision choice.  Here’s my thought, I’ve been taking Cellect for the shortest period of time and my scan remains stable for the past 6 months- not bad for 2 mineral shakes a day.  All of the other treatments were either toxic, terribly inconvenient, and painful, did I mention monthly fevers lasting 1 entire day along with body aches due to the drug interferon? Yes, I have to admit I have done just about it all with the exception of radiation.  That is where I draw the line when it comes to my brain.  My personal script of life doesn’t include radiation but that’s me.  Each treatment has been a leap of faith filled with hopeful expectations.  Some were disappointing while the Cellect is truly my hope in a can.   I really maintain that all of us sick or otherwise have the power to create and change our reality.  If we believe in our actions then fear is senseless.  Words spoken by others only have power that we give to them.  Truth to power…The creation in one’s reality is not necessarily denial; it is the belief that even in under the worst conditions, therein lies a strong possibility of becoming an outlier.   Cast away doubt surrender one to love and stay knowledgeable, proactive and vigilant!  This has been the key to my success.  God Bless!  It also helps having people believe in you.  it’s awesome…Recently, I became a Godmother.  It is so rewarding and beautiful watching my Godson transform into a little man.  What a blessing to be given such an honor.  what a gift to be able to watch my two children mature…  Life really is so good… Nobody can tell me otherwise.

Determination

March 1, 2012 by Jen
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Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do!

~ H. Jackson Brown Jnr

Lessons Learned

March 1, 2012 by Jen

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

Hey everybody!

Hope all of you are doing well and feeling great.  First and foremost, I want to thank all of you for your tremendous outpouring of support for me and for this blog.  I have such gratitude and feel overwhelmingly blessed.

The Serenity Prayer is especially sacred to me.  The words keep me cool during stressful times and help foster my own spirituality and oneness with God.  Saying it or reading it brings me peace during turbulent times.  When I deviate off my proper course and fall victim to fear or anger, The Serenity Prayer acts like my personal GPS; it locates me, tracks me and takes me home safely. Monday, I completed my MRI testing without a hitch.  My vein was cooperative and I was very pleased.  No multiple pokes and thank goodness no collapses or blow outs.  I will be back for more scanning in 2 months. News came via email indicating that I am stable; however since I was not placed in the MRI machine in the same exact position as the previous time the image slicing was not an apple to apple comparison.  Thankfully, my doctor is a perfectionist.  In all the years that I have been taking MRI’s, this has never happened.  Who knew it could? My scan is stable and looks great however; there may be some slight, slight change.  Dr.D is not sure for certain.  She does know that I am stable and that my brain looks really great overall.  Okay, for anybody dealing with any disease, we know it’s never cut and dry and somehow things are always a little complicated.  How we deal with each situation we face, big or small really affects our total well being.  This is where it gets tricky and a little sticky.  This is where we as a patient must believe in what we are doing, keep the positivity fiercely alive in our hearts and never become complacent.  When Dave called me to share the news that I was stable, my elation and sigh of relief overshadowed his mention of any MRI slices and apple to apple comparison business.  The conversation was like Swiss cheese filled with lots of holes and a little information got lost in translation.  Perhaps this how men and women communicate…I don’t know.  Perhaps it’s because of the huge hole in my head which I often joke about although not everybody finds it to be funny.  Regardless, my scan is stable with little to no change.  Today I spoke to my friends at Cellect and I received a lot of reassurance and positivity.  I am increasing my servings to 12 scoops a day just in case.  Originally, I was consuming 14 scoops a day which was a little difficult but I managed nevertheless.  There is a really good possibility any changes present are the result of necrosis.  Necrosis is dead cancer cells.  This often occurs with traditional treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy and post treatment MRI’s usually reveal some tissue change.  Was I concerned? Yes! However, I am not concerned anymore because I am taking more shake, maintaining my vigilance and keeping my head on straight while I stay spiritually connected.  Battling brain cancer for 9 years has been chronic and more than likely will be ongoing.    Even with little bumps in the road, it’s important for survivors and their caregivers to stay focused with a real sense of purpose.  The words we speak and how we describe things are so important in terms of our wellness.  I believe in the entire mind, body connection that my husband has preached to me for years.  If you are reading this and are not facing cancer or disease I will share an interesting tidbit regarding my life before cancer.  I am a firm believer that our thoughts in many ways impact our destiny.  I am speaking from personal experience only and of course this does not apply to little children.  After Dave and I were married we were searching for a home to purchase.  We looked all over the South shore of Long Island.  We looked at homes in Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, Merrick, Hewlett and East Rockaway.  I was on a mission to find the most affordable home with the most beautiful attributes.  I wanted it all for the best price.  We had a nice grouping of house selections but I had to narrow the choices further.  I started to actively search on the EPA websites and research different levels of toxicity in potential neighborhoods.  I searched the locations of chemical plants dry cleaners; basically anything toxic near these potential  neighborhoods.  My obsession with neighborhoods and environmental pollution became a manifestation of insanity alongside cancer statics.  I mapped, plotted and listed each neighborhood containing the most cancer.  Basically I created the Jen Kasuga Crazy Cancer Cluster Map.  This behavior went on for years.  I lacked sleep staying up for all hours of the night as if I were a high paid, high profile researcher.  Once we looked at an awesome home but the backyard was a deal breaker.  There above an adorable swing set was a huge transformer.  Thoughts ran through my mind regarding cancer and electromagnetic radiation so much so that we just exited the property.  I was obsessed and drove Dave crazy.  We didn’t end up buying a home for many years.  When I was diagnosed with cancer, I wasn’t surprised after the initial shock subsided.  It was no surprise to locate over 200 cancer websites that were bookmarked on my personal computer.  Each of these sites fed my daily obsessive appetite for more knowledge paving the way to more obsessive behavior.  My actions persisted for years before I was diagnosed.  One must ponder what role if any did  my mind play in creating a reality filled with cancer? I even came across a shredded newspaper article in my newborn’s baby keepsake box which was entitled: Cancer cases Rise”.  Speaking of babies, while pregnant, my sonogram revealed that my unborn baby had a choroid Plexus Cyst in her brain during my 20 week sono.  I refused an amnio test and made many deals with God.  I cried from May until September as my heart and mind ached as I prepared for the worst.  I was very negative back then.  A Follow-up sono showed a perfect baby without any defects but until I held my baby I didn’t know if she would have the fatal disorder.  My OBGYN offered very little reassurance. Trisomy 18 affects a higher proportion of children with cpcs (choroid plexus cysts).  Long story short, I prayed for the baby to be healthy and for me to have the condition. Surprised?  At the end of the day, I would not change a thing and I am so thankful for healthy children.  The point is that words really do matter.  Our thoughts do matter.  I believe thoughts can impact our DNA. Thoughts may be just as important as our actions.  Check out the water crystal study at the top of the page.  It’s very cool.  Until the next time, sending lhasa love from my heart to yours…peace & hope, jen

Cool Sites to Visit:

February 29, 2012 by Jen
  • Check out the link below for Cellect.  It’s a great nutritional supplement that isn’t just for cancer.  check it out!

 

http://www.ncrf.org/

 

  • AMAZING STUDY by: Masaru Emoto what we think creates our reality, not just emotionally but physically

http://www.unitedearth.com.au/watercrystals.html

 

 

Divine Intervention

February 28, 2012 by Jen

February 28, 2012

Hey everybody!

I hope all of you are doing well.  Testing is over for today- yay! Now, I can put it out of my mind until March 5 when I have my clinic visit.  The worst part is leaving my children but they are safe and secure in the best family care.  Leaving is still such a drag but no sense worrying about that yet.  Waiting for test results is a bummer too but in reality, I can’t change anything so being upset or stressed is wasted energy.  I won’t allow myself to go to that dark place anymore.  I think I will be productive and hit the gym.  No time for the drama or at least acknowledging it.

I had some very strange experiences happen to me shortly after I was diagnosed with cancer that is worth sharing.  First, the man who helped saved my life; a notable neurologist met my husband while crossing a major New York City Boulevard.  The two seemed destined to meet each other as they found themselves stranded on a tiny concrete island warding off treacherous traffic.  This was 10 years before I was diagnosed with cancer.  Timing seems to be everything in life.  In fact, all of our lives somehow seem pre planned and set on a larger stage that is beyond our reach or control.  As I look back on all the particulars, Dave first met our neurologist friend whom I shall refer to as: “The Saint”, not only because both were stranded together but also because the Caribbean-American doctor spoke fluent Japanese to

my American Born, Japanese husband while  they were stranded on a  little concrete strip.  The word Saint even appears in his name which is no coincidence.  My husband admittedly was slightly taken aback by his perfect fluency and the two immediately struck up a conversation.  To make a long story short, The Saint invited Dave back to his office and the two shared a bite to eat.  A friendship was born.    They had many common interests.  The obvious being the love for Japanese Culture and then there were other interests including photography, technology and Jazz.  Had my husband not felt comfortable with this complete stranger while crossing a busy New York City Street perhaps my life would be very different?  The Saint may not have been there for me years later to save my life.  In fact, when Dave got to know the Saint, he soon discovered that The Saint previously treated his aunt when she was brutally mugged and left with a severe head injury.  It’s times like these when we often say, gosh, what a small world.

In 2002, when I landed myself in the emergency room with chronic headaches and blurred vision, Dave immediately called The Saint.  We didn’t think he would be available on a Sunday morning but 45 minutes later, The Saint was at my bedside, performing a neurological evaluation and downloading my MRI & CT scans onto his laptop.  We knew nothing about neurology.  I was ten days post partum and everything was happening so quickly.  Doctors informed me of a mass in my brain but I knew nothing more than that.  After years of losing touch with The Saint there he was holding my hand at my bedside reassuring me that he would get me the best care.  Surgery was eminent for what appeared to be a cyst.  That evening, The Saint arranged for my transfer to an excellent New York City hospital where I would be prepped for surgery.  On the eve of surgery, The Saint was there by my side along with Dave and the rest of my family.  When my gurney exited the elevator, there was The Saint standing beside my husband, my cousin and near my parents lending comfort and support to all that needed it.  He was there for a purpose but I was just too upset at the time to recognize that all the people in my life were there for a purpose.  I was too upset to see the higher meaning of my purpose.

When I relapsed several years later, I flew to Boston to discuss my post surgical MRI.  I was miserable and my head was sore.  Dave and I were hopeful for a good report.  The neurosurgeon felt confident that clean borders were achieved and a clean resection had been successful.  I knew the first tumor was malignant and a WHO Grade II so we had a clear indication that this one was the same grade perhaps little worse.  As we exited the Boston airport, a taxi was waiting for us.  We stepped in and gave our destination to the Hilton Bay Back.  The elderly man was very talkative and curious.  He asked a series of questions that went something like this: “How was your flight?” “What brings you to Boston?” When I politely responded: “medical stuff”, his curiosity was heightened.  I was bombarded with a series of questions which included everything from doctors to hospitals to my present condition.  Surprisingly, the little old man was not rude.  In fact, he was the cutest cab driver that I had ever driven with and although he was intrusive, clearly he was harmless and sincere.

What makes this interaction very interesting, almost divine in nature is the fact that the night before our trip to Boston I prayed quite a bit.  Praying for me did not come naturally because I didn’t really know how to pray or speak to God but I just did it anyway.  I did not have real belief but I knew I wasn’t a non-believer either.  I was on the fence about God.  My grandmother was very religious.  I was blessed to have had her in my life for a good portion of my childhood and had very happy memories of our time spent together.  She was a devout Catholic and she instructed me how to bless myself with Holy Water which she proudly displayed in the hallways outside of each of the bedrooms. We watched Sunday morning Mass together on television although I never grasped the real meaning of what it meant to have a relationship with God.  After she died, I lost all contact with religion.  It would take 30 years to reconnect.

Nana was a sickly person dating back to the time when she was a little girl so she was isolated and a real homebody.  The night before our trip to Boston, I reached out to my Nana through prayer and asked God to give me a sign that I could visibly see.  I knew the doctors in Boston were going to suggest all kinds of treatments for the tumor that was removed from my brain and I didn’t want any of it.  I knew the doctors were going to break out the big guns in terms of treatment.  Although I agreed to surgery, I protected my body and my brain like a sacred temple.  cytotoxic treatments repulsed me.  I needed strength and I needed lots of it to get through the visit at Dana Farber.  I needed a game plan in my mind and the strength to prepare for a poor pathology report.   So here we are in a cab with a complete stranger asking tons of questions about my medical situation and in an effort not to be rude, I continued with the conversation.  I explained how Doctor Peter Black was my doctor.  One can only imagine my shock when the cab driver responded by saying: “and Dr. Patrick Wen too? My jaw dropped and the cab driver immediately looked at me in his rear view mirror.  I looked at my husband and squeezed his left knee as hard as I could.  Our eyes along with the driver welled up with tears.  There was an unspoken silence that seemed to last longer than it actually did and I could not help but wonder what the statistical probability was that we landed ourselves in this man’s cab? This man who knew my doctors…Timing really is everything.  The plot thickened though.  My mind spun out of control and I was dizzy and sick.  Had I told Dave about my prayers to God and Nana as well as my demands for a visible sign?  The cab driver shared his story as we drove towards to city of Boston.  He explained how his daughter was treated by Dr. Black and Dr. Wen.  When I heard this, a chill went down my spine because I immediately knew his daughter had brain cancer and strangely, I knew she was dead.  Now my curiosity had been piqued.  “Your daughter had a brain tumor? I asked.  He replied: “yes”.  How is she? The cab driver’s eyes welled up with tears in the rearview mirror as he explained the entire story of his beautiful daughter Pam.  I felt honored to hear his story but as he spoke I wondered how could this possibly be a good sign?  It seemed a little cruel but things are not always what they seem.    As we continued our journey towards the city of Boston, the driver pulled up next to Fenway Park.  Since we were in no hurry, we did not mind.  He placed the car in park and turned to the both of us with his shoulders facing us.  He spoke the following powerful words: “don’t let them talk you into doing anything that you don’t want to do. I squeezed Dave’s knee even harder.  He smiled and told me that I would be alright.  I told him of my intentions to forgo traditional therapies like chemotherapy and radiation.  I explained how I wished to travel to Germany where I could experience an innovative cancer therapy.  He simply replied: “You will make the right decision”.  When we pulled up to the lobby of the Hilton, I hugged Mr. A tightly and he told me to send his best to the doctors who had cared so well for his Pam.  He held no animosity towards them and exhibited only love throughout our journey together.  Dave became obsessed for a short time trying to see who this mysterious cab driver was that seemed to answer my prayer request.  We did find Pam’s obituary.  Ironically, the two of us were very close in age and had the same profession.  Talk about uncanny!  I believe in Divine intervention. I think the signs are around us but we have to adjust our frequency in order to be able to tune in.  Some may not be as obvious as the experience that I just shared but the message is right in front of us waiting to be received. Let me close with these following words:

 Some people come into our lives
and leave footprints on our hearts
and we are never ever the same.
~Flavia Weedn, Forever

Until next time, peace out cub scouts. Sending Lhasa Love from my heart to yours…

Jen

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