Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:


After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try (try being the key word) to eliminate cancer, John Hopkins id finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way.

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

  1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
  1. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
  1. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
  1. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
  1. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
  1. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
  1. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
  1. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
  1. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
  1. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
  1. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


  1. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.
  2. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. Cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy are starving milk cancer cells.
  3. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
  4. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
  5. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine Green tea is a better alternative e and has cancer-fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic avoid it.
  6. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.
  7. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
  8. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flour-essence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFA’s etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
  9. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
  10. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.
  11. No plastic containers in micro.
  12. No water bottles in freezer.
  13. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper the dioxin problem are one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

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Brazilian Feijoada


1 pound black beans

1/2 pound pork ribs

1/2 pound bacon

2 onions finely chopped

6 cloves garlic finely chopped

2 smoked sausages cut in big chunks

1 Tsp ground pepper

6 bay leaves

Soak the beans overnight first then cook with bay leaves for 45 minutes over a medium heat, add garlic, onions, pork ribs, bacon, and sausages. Simmer for about one hour or until the met fall of the bone. Serve with rice, slices of orange and finely chopped spring greens and onions.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

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Beans, Kidney Bean, Black, Red (Chi Xiao Dou 红小豆,芸豆)


Sweet flavor and warm thermal nature. Acts on Spleen, Large Intestine, and Small Intestine meridians.

Active compounds:

Beans are mainly composed of saccharides and proteins. They are rich in saponin which is an effective antioxidant. Contains fiber, iron, vitamin B9 (folate, magnesium, potassium (pinto beans), molybdenum and vitamin B1 (thiamin) (black beans), vitamin E and they are strong antioxidant.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Promotes body fluid and clean dampness, invigorating spleen. Used for edema, beriberi, dysuria due to spleen-deficiency. For diarrhea: mix with carp making a soup. To clear Damp-Heat: decoct with Bian Dou, Yi Yi Ren. Grind to powder. Make a tea
  • Tonifies kidneys helping when kidney is deficient. Lower back pain, knee pain, infertility, seminal emissions, blurry vision, ear problems: Combine it with rice to makeit a complete protein
  • Detoxifies expelling toxins, draining the pus. For appendicitis: Use with Pu Gong Ying, Yi Yi Ren, Gan Cao to making a tea. For dysentery, hemorrhoid bleeding, use with Ma Chi Xian (purlaine). Decoct to make a tea. Add a small amount of vinegar
  • Strengthens and nourishes blood, disperses Blood-Stagnation: If grounded into powder and rubbed on the body when one has a blood problem manifesting as itchy spots. Mix with water and put it on those places
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Red beans promote lactation among women after giving birth

Directions: In a bean salad, in scrambled eggs, in a burrito, with rice, in a soup, or just by itself. Place 50 grams of red beans, 50 grams of pearl barley and one liter of water into a pot, then let it cook over a low flame. In 50 minutes, drink the liquid soup and eat the beans. A bowl of this wonder gruel in the morning will help expel dampness from the body. Some onions (yángcōng) and garlic (da suan) can be added as well as salt to taste.

Precautions: Pregnancy. Do not use for long term.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

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Apple Cider Vinegar (Cu 苹果醋)


Sour and bitter flavor, and warm thermal nature, acting on Liver, Stomach meridians.

Active compounds:

Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber similar to the fiber that is the oat bran. Apple cider is an acid, which assists in  the digestion of protein, which in turn is needed for the production of inulin. Insulin is necessary for converting glucose to energy – the energy required to maintain an active, fat burning metabolism. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar improves the absorption of iron from food, which is responsible for attracting the oxygen essential for burning energy in the body, increasing in this way, the energy consumption in the body making it a supportive food for weight loss.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Aids digestion, helping on gradual weight loss
  • Disperse Blood stagnation,
  • Arrests bleeding, hematemesis, epistaxis, anal bleeding,
  • Detoxifies, genital itching
  • Treats jaundice

Directions: incorporating apple cider vinegar into your daily diet leads to gradual weight loss. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink before meals three times a day. Use in salad dressing as well.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

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Basil (Tián luólè 甜罗勒)

basilPungent,and sweet flavor and warm thermal nature. Acts on Lung, Spleen, Stomach and Large Intestine meridians.

Active compounds:

Basil contains dozens of aromatic essential oil components in its leaves including eugenol, linalool, astragal, limonene, citral methylchavicol, and methyl cinnamate. Besides being antioxidant, having vitamins and phenolics, is a rich source of vitamin K, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary fibre.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Dispel wind and promote the flow of Qi, eliminates dampness and promotes digestion, activates blood and removes toxicity
  • Basil is antioxidant. Antioxidants work by protecting cells from damage by reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are oxygen-derived molecules generated by natural chemical reactions in the body. Researchers found that basil extract was effective at actively searching for and eliminating harmful molecules and protecting against damage caused by some free radicals in key organs such as the heart, liver and brain. Antioxidants (e.g. vitamins and phytochemicals) contribute to the herb’s ability to prevent cancer. Helps on urticaria and headache due to exogenous pathogenic factor
  • Anti-inflammatory. Reduces inflammation by inhibiting the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and mediators (most important nitric oxide). Specific cytokines help initiate and regulate the inflammatory process. Similarly, nitric oxide, a chemical involved in various cell signalling reactions, helps orchestrate numerous steps in the inflammatory cascade. Thus, blocking the action of these two kinds of substances means blocking the communication and/or orchestration of inflammatory processes
  • Regulates the adrenal system making it an effective anti-stress tonic
  • Antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal and insecticidal properties. Its pungent and strong flavor plays a role in its biochemical activity, like inhibiting bacterial growth by degrading bacterial cell walls and inducing cell bursting. Linalool, methyl chavicol and methyl cinnamate inhibit the growth of disease causing bacteria such a staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus faceless, escherichia coli, and salmonella.  Pathogenic from these bacterias can cause food poisoning, urinary tart infections, pneumonia and dysentery

Directions: Decoct 5~15 g, or pounded into juice, or made into pills and powder. Proper dosage is for external application, pounded for applying, or decocted for washing or mouthwash.

Precaution: It is contraindicated in case of qi deficiency and blood dryness.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

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Baru Almond or Cumbaru (Dipterix Alata)


Sweet flavor and and cool thermal nature. Acts on Liver, Kidney and Spleen meridians.

Active compound:

The baru is a typical fruit of the Brazilian Cerrado. The nut is about 23% protein and is a high nutritional value. In recipes and confectionery to baru nuts can replace peanuts, cashews or other nuts.

The baru almond exudes nutrients with antioxidant properties such as vitamin E; is high in fiber, rich in sugar, potassium, iron, omega-9, zinc and copper. The almond, appreciate as human food, is rich in unsaturated oil, and owns about 26 % of protein content, calcium and phosphorus, similar to peanuts.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Has anti-rheumatic medicinal properties
  • Fungicides properties
  • Has aphrodisiac properties
  • Prevents anemia due its rich iron content
  • Reduce hypertension and the bad cholesterol (LDL), also helps regulate glucose levels and decrease the incident of cancer. The Omega-9 is a potent antioxidant, which helps in healing and in reducing hair loss, since it also reinforce the Kidney-Yang

Directions: To add the properties of baru nuts to the body, just consume 4-5 units a day, but it should never be eaten raw. The ideal is to eat it roasted, as thus it is possible to inactivate the “so- called” anti-nutritional factors, which may interfere with the absorption of minerals like calcium and zinc.

The fruit can be fully used, resulting in fruit pulps, oils, flour, butter and pies. The flour made from the baru nuts may be consumed in juices and soups.

Precautions: As well  as other types of nuts, the baru nut has a high caloric content. If in a diet, use it sparingly.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

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Barley, common Wheat (Dàmài 大麦)

aaaaSweet and astringent taste and cool thermal nature. Acts on Spleen, Stomach, and Urinary Bladder meridians.

Active compounds:

Contains fiber, selenium, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B1 (thiamin), phosphorus, and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), protein, starch, fat, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, silicic acid, and mucins.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Generates physical strength
  • Produces virility
  • Clears Heat, moistens dryness, nourishes Yin, stoping thirst. Calms restlessness and anxiety. For feverish sensation, restlessness, and thirst, decoct barley with millet to gruel
  • Invigorate Spleen, improving digestion. For poor appetite and diarrhea due to weak Spleen and Stomach: take oven-dried and powdered barley with Che Qian Zi (plantain seed).
  • Reduce edema and swelling of the body: make a soup with perl barley and azuki beans. Boil the soup and reduce 10 cups of it to 1 cup and drink only the liquid
  • Benefits the Kidneys. Diuretic. For dysuria, difficult, painful and dripping urination, decoct barley, remove the dregs, mix with ginger juice, honey, and drink.
  • Overcome excessive wind
  • Nourishes the heart

Directions: In a soup or stew, in a bread, as breakfast cereal, decoct, make into a gruel, or powder.

Attention: Two types of barley are available: pearl barley is the refined version; pot barley is the whole grain. I prefer the pot barley, which has a point that is bent, are cool and light, and thus they clear away phlegm. It does have some gluten but levels are low.

From Tao of Tummy © book

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Banana (Xiāng jiāo 香蕉)

a bananaSweet flavor and cold thermal nature. Acts on Stomach and Intestines meridians.

Active compounds:

Recognized for its high potassium content that retards deterioration of internal organs and prevents high blood pressure and heart diseases, banana offers many other beneficial nutrients as well as 10 different vitamins and more than 15 minerals and trace minerals. Contains serotonin which is a good mood hormone. Glucose and fructose in banana are a good source of energy.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Tonifies stomach; promoting regeneration of body fluid. Dry throat, thirst due to stomach Yin deficiency. Ripe bananas excellent for treating ulcers. Restlessness, and thirst during febrile disease. Chronic cough with lung Yin deficiency: eat raw or make a decoction with crystal sugar
  • Tonifies Yin and moistens dryness. Dry stool, constipation due to dryness of the intestine. For

hemorrhoids (bleeding), cook with the peel for 20 minutes, in water, remove from the stove,

take off the peel and eat the cooked banana, throw away the peel

  • Hypertension, arteriosclerosis, or coronary heart disease. Banana prevents high blood pressure. Eat 3 – 5 bananas a day. Make a tea with 50 g banana without peel. Chop into small pieces, add 10 g Chinese black tea, and cook for 10 minutes, remove the tea leaves, add sugar to taste and drink.

Directions: Eat raw on their own, In oatmeal or on top of cereal, in yogurt, in a fruit salad, in a smoothie, steamed or cooked. Crushed ripe banana makes an excellent ointment for wounds and burns, supported by a cloth bandage.

Precautions: Do not eat too much. Can cause diarrhea, (loose stool due to Spleen Yang deficiency).

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Artichoke, Zucchini and Olive pasta

pastaThis light, delicious pasta is perfect for summer. All ingredients are beneficial during  the summer season.


Artichoke hearts – 1 can (even better if fresh)

Green olives with pimento – 1 cup

Zucchini – 1 medium, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick

Red wine vinegar – 1/4 cup

Fresh Oregano & Basil – 1 tbsp. each

Pasta – 1lb

Olive oil – 1/4 cup

Garlic – 6 cloves, smashed

Salt & pepper – to taste

Red pepper flakes – 1 tsp

Corn starch – 2 tbsp.

Water – 1 cup

How to prepare

Put a large pot of water on to boil. Add one tsp oil so pasta doesn’t stick.

Wash, cut in half, then slice the zucchini

Drain artichokes, and slice. Take olives and slice in half

In heavy pot, add olive oil and heat on low. Add smashed garlic and stir so it doesn’t burn. Wash and add oregano and basil. Add red wine vinegar & water.

When water boils, add pasta.

Add zucchini, olives and artichokes and turn heat up to medium, stirring constantly. Add salt.

Cover and let zucchini soften, about 10 minutes.

Once Zucchini is soft, add pepper, and more oil, red wine vinegar to taste if necessary. Add red pepper flakes.

Put corn starch in small glass and add enough water to cover. Stir. Add to sauce and keep stirring to thicken. About 2 minutes. Taste sauce to make sure it is delicious.

When pasta is done, drain and add into sauce. Stir well until all pasta is coated.

Serve and top with fresh grated parmesan or Romano cheese if you wish.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

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The artichoke tincture – For Liver Jaundice

Artichoke ,It is made from 20 grams of mashed artichoke leaves macerated in 100 ml of 70% alcohol for 15 days. 5-15 drops should be taken 3 times a day. The tincture shall be diluted with water or with tea whenever taken…”

Precaution: It may cause flatuance. They may also cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to ragweed or flowers like chrysanthemum, marigolds and daisies. Avoid using for people with gallstones, it may worsen the condition.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

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