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From my perspective.

Outsmart Your Cancer

Last September I got a memorable birthday surprise.  “You have stage 2 breast cancer.  Could be in other parts of your body.”  A few months before that I had happened onto The Truth About Cancer Series.  Then they came out with another series after I was diagnosed.  We prayed & felt like God was leading us down a non-traditional path, so I agreed to the surgery, but not the chemo, radiation, or estrogen blocking pills.  I asked my oncologist if chemo wasn’t labeled by the FDA a carcinogen.  He said “Yes, It can cause liver cancer.” (My neighbor died of that after they gave him chemo after surgery for colon cancer.)   It just didn’t make sense to me to put a carcinogen into my body to fight cancer.  Also, I had recently seen so many friends, family and neighbors die after just a few chemo treatments & others after years of chemo and radiation.

All the books I’ve read and testimonies in TTAC series verified to me there were many other health building options to fighting cancer, than the traditional and deadly treatments that most people think are the only options.  I’ve also met quite a few people since then who have chosen the non-traditional treatments, and years later were fine.

All my research  showed there were a lot of methods to fight cancer, but the main issue is building up your immune system, so I started going to Riordan Clinic for blood tests, to see the whole picture.  Then I started taking the Vitamin C IV’s (weekly).  They have been proven to fight cancer cells and build up your immune system.  I learned about other home protocols and started them.  It has been over 6 months and thankfully, the last two tests were normal.  To keep it from coming back, I am staying on the home protocols, including a healthier diet & still doing the IV’s, but not as often.

I just feel led to get the truth out, whether it is religion, politics or health.  So here are some resources that I feel would be helpful to those who are looking for other options.

Resources to Outsmart Your Cancer

DVD’S

The Truth About Cancer

WEBSITES:

  1. cancertutor.com
  2. thetruthaboutcancer.com
  3. budwigcenter.com
  4. breastcancerchoices.org
  5. mercola.com type in Vitamin C & Dr. Hunninghake for interview
  6. riordanclinic.org
  7. healthfreedom.info/essiac
  8. blog.paleohacks.com   (for lots of good recipes)
  9. gerson.org

 

BOOKS:

  1. Outsmart Your Cancer by Tanya Harter Pierce
  2. How to Cure Almost Any Cancer at Home for $5.15 a Day by Bill Henderson
  3. Cancer, Step Outside the Box/Ty Bollinger
  4. Cancer Cover-up/ Kathleen Deoul
  5. The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away
  6. The Iodine Crisis
  7. The Rife Handbook/Nenah Sylver
  8. World Without Cancer/G. Edward Griffin
  9. The Gerson Therapy/Charlotte Gerson & Morton Walker

TREATMENTS & Diet:

  1. STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR
  2. Vitamin C infusions/IV’s
  3. Budwig Protocol
  4. Essiac Tea (best place to buy—A-ZNutrients.com
  5. Bitter Apricot Seeds (B17)
  6. Gerson Therapy/coffee enemas
  7. Infrared Sauna
  8. LOTS of greens & cruciferous vegetables, (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries,etc)
  9. Probiotics: Kombucha & or sauerkraut
  10. Rifing Machine
  11. According to Dr. Francisco Contreras: 2 Best Cancer Treatments: Music and Laughter “One minute of laughter will boost your immune system 24 hrs.
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Learning to Be Thankful

LEARNING TO BE THANKFUL

(It Can Always Be Worse)

      As Thanksgiving approaches, I feel God is teaching me to be more thankful and I realize I have overlooked many opportunities to do so.   My philosophy is, “It can always be worse.”   I have a good friend in his 90’s who says, “Don’t worry, it will get worse.” He always laughs and has a positive outlook (thru faith) although he and his wife have had many physical challenges and even lost a son recently

We are told to do all things without grumbling and complaining.   In recent years, I’ve had more physical pain.   When I walk into the rest home every week to visit and play games with the residents, I am thankful for the physical abilities I still have. Sometimes I feel alone and sad, but when I see so many of those precious people just sitting at the table nodding off with no one to talk to or do things with, it makes me so thankful for all I still have. The time I spend with those residents always lifts me up and makes my day.   They are full of knowledge, wisdom and kindness even though they must at times feel forgotten and face so many physical challenges. I have nothing to complain about.

Sometimes as married couples we argue and become angry when our spouse doesn’t see things as we do. Not thankful for your spouse? Wait until they have a heart attack. As one of the few on his side of the family who survived a heart attack recently, it makes me very thankful my husband is still here. . Now that I’m dealing with cancer, maybe he’s more thankful I’m still here. (You’d have to ask him.) But I am grateful he is here to help me get through this.

My sweet neighbor recently lost her husband to cancer and now she has it herself.   Another kind-hearted neighbor not only lost her husband to cancer, but has been tending her daughter who’s been fighting it for seven years. It breaks my heart to see her suffering from all the treatments. I’m in perfect health compared to her.   It makes me thankful that I have it instead of my husband, children or grandchildren. I really am not fearful, but I would be if they had it. So it COULD be worse.

You may have family members or grown children who don’t want to be family. That is painful to deal with. But when you look at Israel, people in the Mideast, and Paris and even our country being murdered by terrorists, it makes me thank God every day my children and grandchildren are still alive and well. There is always hope for mended relationships when there is still life.

My grandchildren live in another state and I seldom get to see them. My friend has grandchildren in New Zealand–a lot further than Colorado, so it could be worse.

Do you find yourself yelling at news shows or some editorial or something the government has done, restricting our freedom? Yes, it does seem that this country is going downhill. But when I look at other countries where women can go to jail for being raped or even driving a car, and hear of people being beheaded with no one to rescue them, we should be so thankful for where we live.

I have always been terrified of snakes. Recently I have encountered 4 snakes, one, a four foot black snake as I walked in the bathroom. I’m still screaming as my husband picks it up, while laughing and lets it go outside. I begged him to kill it, but he said it wasn’t dangerous. Well, I think they are since I COULD have had a heart attack. Then three times I found a bull-snake in the basement. Suddenly, I remembered my brother, who does mission work in Ghana, Africa. He has found numerous cobras in his front yard and one time found a mamba in his house.   So what am I complaining about? It could be worse. I’m not quite to the point of being thankful for the snakes I found in my house, but I AM thankful they weren’t cobras and mambas. And I’m VERY thankful those didn’t harm my brother.

As my friend says, “It WILL get worse.”   He is right, but my answer is, “Yes, but after that, it will get better.” I’ve read the Book, and I know the end. So, as we approach Thanksgiving, let’s remember to be thankful to our heavenly Father for all He has given us.

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Where it all Began

 

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Below is Shechem–now in the hand of the Arabs.  You can view it from the top of Mt. Kabir, Mt. Gerazim (Blessings) & Mt. Ebal (Cursing).

Shechem

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Lost & Found

We made it!!!  We landed in Tel Aviv at about 1:30 pm. Israel Standard Time, Sept. 4, 2014 (8 hours ahead of USA Central Standard).  The trip itself has been a challenge, but the blessings are amazing.

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Some of the challenges:  1.  We had a flat tire as we started to load the car to go to the airport.  2. Very little sleep the night before and almost no sleep on the 101/2 hour trip to Tel Aviv, (after delayed flights all day and almost running through JFK  to check-in.)  3.  After hours  of waiting  for our luggage at Ben Gurion, we checked with Lost & Found and learned our luggage did not make it.  We still do not have it!  4.  I found out my phone would not work in Israel just the day before we left, so had to pay a lot to rent another one.  I thought it would be worth it to use a phone app with GPS to get where we are going.  They assured us that was the best way to navigate & that it would work after getting out of the parking garage.  It did not.  We got turned around and took the “scenic route” for four hours trying to find Karnei Shomron, which is about a 45 minute trip normally.  We hadn’t slept hardly any for a couple of days, hadn’t eaten & almost nothing to drink for 9 hours.  When we got to Shomron, it seemed very hot and no ac where we are staying, so a little difficult going to sleep in spite of exhaustion.  5. Friday  morning one of the young men staying at the guest house went to the grocery store with us–navigating on his iPad.  We took him back, unloaded some groceries and decided to go back to the shopping area on our own to eat lunch and pick up a few things since we still had no bags.  The nice young men checked my phone and assured me the google maps would get us there.  We drove a short distance before I realized it wasn’t working.  I thought it was my mistake because I’m using a different phone than I’m used to & not a “techie”. Later the young men told me  for some reason, the GPS was not working!!! SO it wasn’t my ignorance after all.  6.  In addition to having very few clothes, there are medical items, some  vital, that we need that are in the bags, and my comfortable shoes for walking  and cooler clothing are in the lost bags.  7.  With the heat, and lack of some items that help, my skin rash is starting to break out again.

Some of the blessings:  1.  On the El Al plane from JFK, we were seated next to an older lady, who seemed quiet and reserved, which of course is not me.  Neal says I can talk to a brick wall, so I reached out to her and she opened up and started telling me her story.  Bionia Furst was on her way to visit her brother and his family in Israel.  She is a holocaust survivor–put into the camps from Poland when she was seven, and released by the Russians when she was 11 and put in an orphanage because her parents were both killed.  One man came to the orphanage looking for his daughter and saw her and sadly walked away, because she wasn’t his.  She was begging him to get her out of the orphanage–a horrible place.  Feeling guilty, he came back the next day, took her out and put her on a train headed toward where she lived as a younger child.  Some people along the way took pity on her and gave her a little food.  It was winter time and very cold.  When she got to the destination, she met a lady who was trying to coordinate survivors with relatives.  She told her that although her parents were dead, she thought her aunt was living.  She contacted her and when she arrived, it was actually her mother!!  She also was reunited with her brother, who now lives in Israel.  I kept saying, quietly, “I’ve heard this story, where have I heard this??”  I asked her if she had told her story on any Jewish networks (one of which we get on Direct TV).  She said, the woman who wrote the book, Joanne, Caras, included her story, among other survivors, in The Holocaust Survivors Cookbook, the proceeds of which go to help survivors.  I was totally astounded and could not believe we were seated next to the lady whose story we had listened to just a few months earlier!  We had a wonderful visit, exchanged information and promised to keep in touch.

2.  Even though we were lost while driving around, (and lost our luggage) we almost felt like we were home setting foot on and seeing the land we have read so much about and where Messiah walked.  The people and things we have FOUND, outweigh what we have lost!  Out in this area of Shomron, there seems to be desert on one side and a blooming, flowering oasis two feet away.  Reminds me of Hawaii!  Ovadyah, who invited us to stay in the guest house, gave us a short tour of this part of the land right before Shabbat, showing us the actual division between the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh right in front of where we were standing,  and a map of the history of the 12tribes.

3.  We are having a wonderful fellowship with the two young men staying here.  Johan, from South Africa and Rory, from Australia.  There is no chance to be discouraged or down about any of the circumstances we have had to deal with.  These young men are not only so much fun, but we all connected and hit if off right away and it is non-stop talking, laughing and having a never-ending “Midrash”.  This morning, for Shabbat we started worship, reading the Bible and discussing and praying before noon and went on until well after 5:00.  They have also been so helpful with our technical issues and hopefully have them fixed.  We expect to see one or both of them, hopefully in the states one day soon.

4.  We have had so many people who live here in the land offer help and encouragement and been so welcoming.  I met several who were helpful in the grocery store.  I read a little Hebrew, but a grocery is a little different from reading the Tanach–so is modern-day speaking the language.  But I have run into several who have made aliyah from the states, are bilingual and offer to help in any way.  I met and instantly connected with Rachelle, who came here 30 year ago from New York.  She lives in nearby Ganot, she said was full of English-speaking people, and invited us to come over while we are here.

5.  If you have seen the movie (in Hebrew), Ushpazin you remember all the problems a Jewish couple was having and just agonizing about what was going on.  Eventually, it dawned on the husband, “This is a test!”  We all have “tests” and when we realize the Father is still in control and blessing us and allowing these things for a reason, then we can carry on and look for the blessings in the midst of the test.

6.  When I think of what the people in this country endure (and have for centuries), I ask myself, “What am I complaining about.”  Also, you don’t appreciate  what you have, until you don’t have it, and we all think that we have to have certain things.  I remember Rabbi Friedman said something like,  “We do not have any needs, other than to focus on His purpose for us.”  If we do that, we will be content, whatever our circumstances.  Hmm, where have I heard something like that?  “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”  Philippians 4:11.

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Benefits of Breaking Your Wrist

My philosophy of life is, “It could always be worse.”  So when I fell backwards at a dance (for seniors)and fractured my wrist in several places , I thought of all the ways it could be worse.   Here are a few.

#1  I was glad it was me & not one of them.  I takes longer to heal when you are older.

#2.  It could very easily have been BOTH wrists since I fell backwards & landed on both hands.

#3.  It could have been my head.  I have enough trouble with my brain working as it is.

It was almost funny since I always worry that one of the people there might fall or collapse from a heart attack.(most are 20 or more years older than us–that’s why we like to go to their dances–we are the youngsters.)  So who falls?  Me–one of the youngest there. (though over 60)  And they are hovering over me, bringing me ice, etc.

Here are a few benefits of breaking your wrist:

#1.  I now have nice long nails on THAT hand, since I can’t use it for anything.  (I never have nails since my hands are always in the dirt (gardening) or dishwater–I cook a lot–from scratch.)

#2.  I feel much more appreciated since my husband has been doing a lot of things he never had to do before–cooking, cleaning, dishes….

#3.  We are spending a lot more time together since I couldn’t do ANYTHING without his help–even dressing myself and doing my hair.  (the hair was the deal-breaker–he was a good sport about everything else.)

#4.  Makes me  SO thankful for all the little things I always took for granted.   I am making progress only 2 weeks after the surgery–I can even do my own hair, tie my own shoes and for the most part, dress myself.   When I think of so many in our military who have lost limbs, I realize I have nothing to complain about & everything to be thankful for.

SO, if you want to have nice nails, feel appreciated, spend more time with your spouse and learn to be more thankful, just break a bone!

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When Time is Up

When Time is Up

kk 4/28/13

 Within just a few weeks we watched

Three friends bury their beloved husbands,

All younger than we,

Which begs the question, why them, not us?

Women who would give anything

For one more moment,

One more embrace,

One last goodbye.

Children, lost without their dad.

Parents bearing a burden

No parent should have to bear.

And yet here we are, a family,

Alive, healthy and whole,

Yet sick and torn apart,

Not by death but by choice.

Empty hearts at a loss

To understand the anger,

That would cause such grief and loss,

And ripping lives apart.

Then I recall how those,

Enduring death

Remembered their loved one,

Who lived for God and others,

Always helping, always giving,

No doubt forgiving and being forgiven

Throughout their shortened life,

As if they knew that time was short

And they must make the most

Of what they had with family.

And not waste the precious hours

And days in selfish anger;

How next to God,

They valued family.

I heard how many lives were touched

And changed by these three,

Bringing glory to the One

Who would call them home.

How they were examples of

Selfless love, hard work,

And witnesses for Christ.

And then I wonder, when our time

Is up and we are gone,

What will be said of us—of me?

Did I love others more than self?

Was I quick to forgive, or accuse?

Did I really make a difference?

Or was it all about me?

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The Grieving

The grief of the Connecticut shootings will be magnified over and over for the families with each anniversary not only of the shooting, but every  birthday, religious holiday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation and wedding.  There’s not much, other than prayer that we can do for them.  But for some of us, there IS something you can do to alleviate the grief of your own family.  Your actions are having similar effects on people who love you desperately.  Because of some real or imagined injury, you have willingly torn yourselves away from your loved ones, slammed the door and burned the bridge.  In effect, you are dead to them.

     During this season, I encourage you to swallow your pride, extend or ask for forgiveness.  Open the door, repair the bridge, make a difference.  Rescue the grieving.

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New Page/Great Movies

I just watched one of those rare movies that not only made me cry, but contemplate the importance and meaning of life and the people we love.  It prompted me to add a new page, Movies.  So, in addition to checking out my “Book” page at the top you may want to check out my “Movies” page.  I do not watch a ton of movies and will quit after the first 10 minutes if I think it is a waste of my time, so be assured that the movies and books I have listed are well worth your time.  I will be adding to the list, so you may want to check in now & then.  And remember to redeem the time.  Don’t waste it on trash.  We only have so much left in this life.  Maybe not as much as we think.

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Back to Basics

What a fun day!  I bought 3 gallons of raw milk yesterday (for animal consumption only, of course).  Today I made more kefir and yogurt, sugar-free ice cream (with honey  & xylitol) and for the first time, Mozzarella Cheese!  Turned out great!  (Now, I’ll have to make pizza for this week-end.)  I’m trying to talk my husband into milking again, but he’s not too interested in doing that.  (Doesn’t help that he accidentally burned our milking barn down about 10 years ago.)  I will use the whey for making bread.  Last week, I used goat whey in my Challah bread and Orange rolls, and both turned out great.

I don’t know why,but I just enjoy getting back to the basics and doing everything from scratch.

I’m excited to see some of my plants recovering from the freeze in my greenhouse after the heater went out one night.  The zucchini has recovered & is setting on squash, I’m still picking lettuce and a few peppers, fresh rosemary and basil, and my little moringa plants are looking good!  Best of all, I have baby STRAWBERRIES  setting on!!! Yeah!!   I’m sprouting more lettuce and spinach, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes.    I am fighting aphids with Safer Soap, but considering ordering some ladybugs to eat the little varmints.  Has anyone out there had experience with this problem or solution?

It was over 60 and just beautiful today, so I walked my 2 miles outside. Much more enjoyable than a treadmill!

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Back to the Garden; Digging in the Dirt

It was a cold morning. Cold enough for a wool jacket, gloves and hat.  Would have been smart to wear long underwear, but I was doing good to pull my pile lined rubber boots on, run down to the corral and climb over the fence in time to help Neal sort out some calves to take to the sale barn.  It’s quite often a rodeo, getting the right ones sorted from the rest of the 30 something cows and calves, but this morning they didn’t seem so offended to be told where to go and we had a fairly easy time sorting.  Kind of like directing traffic.  Most of them even stepped up into the trailer without Neal prodding them. He slammed shut the door,  fixed the latch and took off for the sale barn while I led the other cattle down to the far pasture, only a quarter mile or so down a dirt path to the gate, where I pulled off the wire catch & dragged the  fence back to let them out onto the new green wheat pasture.  They’re always eager to get out and get some green when everything else is brown and dry.  I walked back to the house thinking how peaceful and simple life is when we get outside  away from the things that so concern us. (I recall when my babies were fussy, we needed only to take them outside and they instantly quieted down and were content to just be outdoors.)   The day before,  I was in the greenhouse repotting lettuce, pepper and  tomato plants.  There’s just something calming about digging in the dirt.  I forget the pain, the heartache, the long list of “to do” and just prune, and plant, dig and water and wonder at how things grow and produce with only a little help from me.  Like being back in the Garden….Of all the places where God could have put man, he chose the garden, surrounded by plants and animals.  After all, we have a kinship with the soil, since that’s where He took Adam from.  Hebrew for ground is “adamah”.  We think we have come so far with all our electronics, skyscrapers, space craft and modernity.  But when we encounter difficulty and stress, none of that gives us peace.   We have only to return to the Garden, or whatever small semblance of it we have nearby….tend to some plants, interact with or observe the animals and dig in the dirt.

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