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Afterglow @ Keong Saik

This is my first food entry since I turned vegan and 80% raw. I was very excited to find Afterglow @ Keong Saik which has been opened since beginning of 2014. Because it also means I can prepare 1 less meal at home as it is not easy to find organic, vegan AND raw cafes and restaurants in Singapore. For those who missed my previous entries, this is why I have decided to turn vegan and 80% raw.

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I really like how each table has its own decor of organic produce and some plants.

First up, we tried the assortment of Raw Crackers ($10) of seed crackers, seaweed crackers and spinach ‘chips’. They were nice and raw but I felt a little pricey for the quantity. And I think I am spoilt by our own kale chips recipe which have been very yummy so I think I would pass on this started in future.

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For the soups, we shared a Broccoli Soup with spiced Dehydrated Broccoli ($14) and a special Mushroom Soup puree blend ($20+) not on the menu. I enjoyed the soups and like that they have been lightly warmed but not boiled so the food is still raw.

Broccoli Soup - Warmed above 45degree but not boiled
Broccoli Soup – Warmed but not boiled
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Mushroom Soup puree blend – Thick and Rich!

We had a raw Cauliflower ‘cous cous’ with currants, almonds, mint and parsley ($15). Cous cous gives the same texture as rice to me, but is healthier. The currants gave the dish a sweet sour tangy flavour. A good alternative to all the leafy salads I have been making at home.

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Raw Cauliflower ‘cous cous’ with currants, almonds, mint and parsley

For mains, my favourite has to be this Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with seasonal pickles ($16), Shiitake mushrooms, Avocado and Miso Dressing. The rice is chewy black wild rice which is much healthier option than usual white rice. The entire dish is well marinated with a hint of wasabe without being overwhelming. But the serving would probably not be sufficient for the average Singaporean male.

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl – tastes much better than it looks!

We also tried a special – Vegan Lasagna main ($20+) not on the usual menu. This lasagna was also beautifully done and recreate the taste and texture of usual meaty/cheesy lasagna but with healthy nut cheese and tomato. Very impressive but I guess my taste bud still has an Asian slant so the sushi deconstructed bowl still wins it for me.

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Vegan lasagna

Finally, I really enjoyed the dessert - Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango($8) also a special on the menu. Its rich in Omega 3 from the chia seed, good fat from the coconut and vitamins from the coconut. But not suitable for cancer patients as it is very sweet. A dessert I would definitely try to recreate at home!

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango
Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango

Overall, the meal was a little pricey at ~$110+ for 4 people and we didn’t feel very full. But I now know raw food takes a lot of effort to prepare, and organic produce is not cheap, so I hope Afterglow continues to find a way to make its raw, organic/natural dishes for affordable so more people can have clean, healthy meals! I look forward to more raw creations the next time I am back.

PS: They are also a pickup point if you want to organic products from Quan Fa Organic Farm. So you can order from Quan Fa and they deliver it to Afterglow where you can pick up from.

Address: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Tel: +65 6224 8921
Website: Facebook

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Dr Thomas Lodi – The Miracle Doctor whose team reversed my mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer

When I knew about my mum’s terminal colon cancer condition, and then heard about Dr. Thomas Lodi who helped put many Stage 4 cancer patients into remission, I turned the web upside down for information on Dr Lodi and I couldn’t find much consolidated information about Dr Lodi. It is a good thing I know someone whose Stage 4 liver cancer was reversed by Dr Lodi, or we might have missed this chance to save my mum.

Why mainstream medical knowledge and statistics gave my mum a death sentence, while Doctor Lodi provided hope. My mum received 11 weeks of treatments under Dr Lodi’s team of Thai doctors (he is the consultant while the team of Thai doctors administer the treatment).  Her CEA cancer markets have dropped from 16.5 to 2 (already normal yay! As the reference range is 0-5). Yes,  I went home to Tan Tock Seng Hospital to check and it is also 2 in Singapore. So, I feel a need to share what i now know about Dr. Lodi so that people who are considering alternative treatments can find more information about Dr Lodi!

Dr Thomas Lodi and my mum - Day 1 at the clinic
Dr Thomas Lodi and my mum – Day 1 at the clinic, obliging my mum with a photo.

Firstly, these are Dr Lodi’s qualifications:

“Dr. Thomas Lodi has been practicing medicine for 30 years. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, School of Medicine in 1985, he served as a visiting Clinical Fellow at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City where he also
underwent training in Internal Medicine. From 1991 to 1996, he was appointed as Clinical Instructor of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, School of Medicine.

For the first ten years of his medical career, Dr. Lodi worked in conventional settings as an internal medicine specialist, urgent care physician, and as an intensivist in ICU and CCU departments of various hospitals. Subsequently, he continued his search for more effective and less toxic therapies by training around the world in Japan, Europe, Mexico and all around the US.

Although he occasionally sees patients with a variety of medical conditions, he has narrowed his scope of practice through specific training and extensive experience over the past 15 years to Integrative Oncology (caring for people with cancer).”

“Dr. Thomas Lodi  maintains memberships in both conventional and alternative medical professional associations in order to remain current in all areas of oncology for the benefit of his patients. He is licensed as a Homeopathic Medical Doctor MD(H) in the State of Arizona and is licensed as an Allopathic Medical Doctor (MD) in the state of New York.  Dr Lodi has completed a Fellowship in Integrative Cancer Therapies and a Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine.  Dr Lodi sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for Immunogenic Research Foundation (IMREF), the Medical Advisory Board for Elka Best Foundation, and is an active-allied member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).   Dr Lodi is also an instructor in Insulin Potentiation Therapy and certified in oxidative and chelation therapies.”

Dr Lodi is also both a founding member and a Medical Advisory Board member of IOICP (International Organization of Integrative Cancer Physicians).

Dr Thomas Lodi, picture from http://www.bbh.ro/site/imagini/550670368.pdf
Dr Thomas Lodi, picture from http://www.bbh.ro/site/imagini/550670368.pdf

So now that we are sure Dr Lodi is a REAL medical doctor, I did an interview with him to find out who is this man behind all the anti-cancer talks:

Dr Lodi, thanks for agreeing to the interview. Please tell us more about yourself. What is your background – What influenced you in your life to make the life choices you did?

I grew up in Hollywood where my mother was involved in making movies.  As a result I came to view people as ”playing roles”.  When I looked around at the roles that adults played, I had no interest in ‘playing’ lawyer, accountant, doctor or business man and neither did I have any desire to work with my hands.  I loved reading scriptures from all religions….I was drawn to a holy life.  India seemed the natural choice for me since it had very honorable roles for those seeking truth and their way back to God, so I sold everything I owned and moved to India.

So you you spent some time in India, before studying psychology then pursuing a medical degree? What made you decide on this spirit-mind-body journey in your life?

I returned to the US a couple of years later and went into psychology since the subject matter seemed close to my interests (human behavior) but after earning a master’s degree, I practiced for a few years only to find that I did not understand pathology or how medications affected people so I found myself handicapped with regards to helping people and progressively realized that I needed to attend medical school in order to complete my education regarding the human condition.

Of all the specialties in medicine, why did you choose to focus on cancer?

I did not choose oncology (cancer), it choose me. I was always drawn to people with cancer because, for the most part, they stop negotiating with life and surrender to the fact that they need guidance and help…that they need to change the way they live.

You are very busy running clinics running across different continents, having emergency calls about patients all the time. What motivates you to treat cancer? What makes you wake up every morning excited to go to work?

Cancer is a consequence of lifestyle and environment and so, clearly it is the way that we live that needs to change. Merely cutting out or irradiating cancer does not work for the vast majority of people.  Healing from cancer is really a journey, where like a snake, one needs to shed skin after skin of habit and false belief, while growing new ”skin”….they need to be completely open to another way of living and in that regard, cancer can be thought of as the great equalizer.  For those who don’t, I am afraid that outcomes are not as long lasting.

And in your (very rare) free time, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy the ocean, rivers, nature….I enjoy prayer and meditation…..I enjoy reading…..I am grateful and blessed to have been given such a life where I can help guide people out of the quagmire of ”disease” that seems to be surrounding all of us.

Dr Thomas Lodi and Jack Cross
Dr Thomas Lodi and Jack Cross. Photo from Jack.

You advocate a raw vegan diet for healthy living and keeping cancer away. Which are your favourite raw vegan food and recipes?

I love so many raw, vegan dishes that it is impossible to name one….I love eating in harmony with nature….no other creature uses fire to degrade their food before ingesting it….I love the consequence of eating and living this way….that consequence is health…the foundation of all.
When health is absent wisdom cannot reveal itself, 
Art cannot become manifest, 
Strength cannot be exerted, 
Wealth is useless and reason is powerless. 
– Herophilies, 300 B.C.

Sorry to have to ask this, but as many doctors who pursue as alternative routes tend to have weird rumours about them, what would you say in response to rumours about you?

I assume that there will always be strange things written about me or anyone who is not ‘average’. But, if I am ever to be judged, it should be by what I teach and the results of my work. I live the same lifestyle that I recommend to all people with cancer (and those who do not want to develop cancer).

  • Go to sleep early
  • Wake up early
  • Meditate / pray
  • Read about health and healing
  • Exercise
  • Dont ingest toxins and limit unwanted exposure to toxins
  • Eat only uncooked, plant food (vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruit)as much as possible but at least 80% if you have not been diagnosed with cancer but 100% if you have.
  • Stay close to nature
  • Nurture and love family and friends

Among all the cancer patients you have treated over the years, are you able to share what type of cancer is the most challenging to treat?

The only challenging patients are those who are not willing to change….and there have been more than a few…..my real job is to teach and inspire.

Can the treatments at your clinic also help other health conditions other than cancer?

What we do at our centers involves some treatments which are applicable in any degenerative or acute process but most of all, we teach about healing….so, in response to your question, ”yes” almost anyone with any chronic condition can benefit such that their health condition becomes an historic, not current event.

In all your years of helping cancer patients, what would be the 1 advice you would give to help their recovery – if you could only pick 1?

My advice is always the same …. honor your health and love God.

Dr Thomas Lodi Picture Source: http://www.worldwellnessstore.com/
Dr Thomas Lodi
Picture Source: http://www.worldwellnessstore.com/

To end off this entry, I would like to share 3 Youtube videos of a terminal breast cancer patient. Anna, whose condition was dramatically turned around by Dr Lodi. These 3 videos show her tremendous progress (and she remains cancer free today after many years), and I hope to encourage all cancer patients and caregivers that there IS hope. Keep the faith and don’t give up :)

  • Anna in 2008 Aug - Anna was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer with metastasis to her lungs and bones. Her family was advised to put her on hospice. Her lungs were collapsed and she couldn’t breath without oxygen.

  • Anna in 2009 Jan - Follow Anna’s amazing progress as she goes from near ending up in a hospice to being nearly cancer free.

  • Anna in 2010 Aug - 2 years after being treated by Dr. Thomas Lodi, Anna is very well and jogging like she used to in the army before she was diagnosed.

All the complementary treatments my mum underwent to put her cancer into remission:

  1. Raw DietVegan Diet and Juice Fast
  2. Electro Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
  3. Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)
  4. Nefful Negative Ion Clothings from Japan
  5. Saline Flush, Coffee Enema, Wheatgrass Implant, Probiotic Implant
  6. Vitamin C High Dose IV
  7. Vitamin B17
  8. Ozone Therapy
  9. Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT)
  10. Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
  11. Breathing and Pilates Classes

Disclaimer

Feature picture source: http://www.a4mfellows.net/

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Feeling Positive about Negative Ions – Nefful Negative Ion Clothes

Wearing Nefful Negative Ion Clothes have been the most effortless protocol for my mum’s cancer. This isn’t part of the clinic protocols; I got these negative ion clothes that are made in Japan in Singapore. These negative ion clothes have been around for ~45 years, and I can’t believe I never heard of them till my mum had cancer and I was sourcing for alternative cures!

Why are negative ions good for us?

Dr. Horiguchi explains it very well in this video:

As you can see from the metal rod that has not rusted over a few years, even if you are young and healthy, negative ions can prevent cell oxidization and hence, slow down ageing.

How many Negative Ions do we need and how much do we actually get?
We need 100,000-500,000 negative ions per cc for optimal health
We need 100,000-500,000 negative ions per cc for optimal health
We are getting 500 negative ions per cc on average in an open window home
We are getting 500 negative ions per cc on average in an open window home
Free Radicals and Negative Ions

It is common knowledge that free radicals cause DNA damage. Hence, there is so much advertisements going around consuming foods and supplements with high antioxidant content. A free radical requires a negative ion to become stabilize.

Source: http://justbeautify.com/
Source: http://justbeautify.com/
Source: http://www.alkalinewatercure.com/
Source: http://www.alkalinewatercure.com/
Nefful Negative Ion Clothes – Material and Technology

Nefful Negative Ion clothes passes negative ions into the body because the material it is made from, called Teviron, carries a negative charge.

Teviron has also been shown to “regulate the calcium level in your blood serum (healthy level is 4 mg Calcium per 100cc of blood serum). This helps regulate the blood pH level, rejuvenates the cells, enhances the immune system and balance the autonomic nerves.”  – http://negativeionscience.com/

Source: http://negativeionscience.com/
Teviron provides the highest negative static charge among the materials compared. Source: http://negativeionscience.com/
Source: http://negativeionscience.com/
Teviron – shown to regulate calcium level in your blood serum. Source: http://negativeionscience.com/

Scientific Research on the benefits of Negative Ions

  • Negative Ions & Improving Depression
    • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16045061
    • In a study conducted by Columbia University, 25 people with SAD (Seasonal Affective Depression) sat in front of a negative ion air purifier for a half hour every morning for a month. Half the subjects were given a low level of negative ions, and the other half a high level. The higher level of negative ion treatment proved to be as effective against SAD as antidepressants, such as Prozac and Zolof, and without the side effects of these drugs.
  • Negative Ions & Reducing Stress
  • Negative Ions & Immune System
    • Reprinted from “Economy Daily News” – January 30, 2002
    • Strengthen the functions of autonomic nerves
    • Reinforces collagen (tissues that are resilient and tension-related)
    • Improves the permeability of the cell’s prototype plasma membranes (improves metabolism)
    • Strengthens the body’s immune system
  • Negative Ions & Youthfulness and Longevity
    •   by John Heinerman, Ph.D
    • Negative ions neutralize pollutants and provide positive effects on health to stimulate the reticulo-endothelial system, a group of defense cells in our bodies that marshal our resistance to disease
    • Act on our capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen. Negative ions in the bloodstream accelerate the delivery of oxygen to our cells and tissues
    • Speed up oxidation of seratonin (5-hydroxtryptamine) in the blood. This is well known to have far reaching effects on mood, pain relief and sexual drive.

Because of the many benefits of negative ions, my mum and my whole family is wearing or using some Negative Ion Clothings now to keep ourselves in optimal health. I did a lot of research on negative ions before making the purchase so feel free to drop me an email at eatprayflying@gmail.com if you want more research findings as I didn’t want to spam this post and make it so difficult to read!

The other complementary treatments my mum is undergoing for her cancer recovery (I will slowly write about each one as mum recovers!):

  1. Raw DietVegan Diet and Juice Fast
  2. Electro Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
  3. Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)
  4. Nefful Negative Ion Clothings from Japan
  5. Saline Flush, Coffee Enema, Wheatgrass Implant, Probiotic Implant
  6. Vitamin C High Dose IV
  7. Vitamin B17
  8. Ozone Therapy
  9. Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT)
  10. Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
  11. Breathing and Pilates Classes

Disclaimer

Specific disclaimer for this post: Negative Ion Clothing is NOT a medical device, a cure, a therapeutic tool, or medication. The use of Negative Ion Clothing can improve and preserve health. Because each individual is different, result may vary. You are advised to seek professional medical advice for your own health issues.

Feature photo credit: www.squair3.com

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A Tale of Coffee Enemas, Wheatgrass and Probiotic Implants – Cancer Treatment

“What? Why do we need to put coffee up her a**?”

That was my first response the first time I learnt about coffee enemas and that I need to do it for my mum, so I COMPLETELY understand your response if you are thinking the same thing. But hey, if it is going to help her recover from cancer and I won’t lose her in 6 months, I am trying it!

History of Coffee Enemas

An enema is “a fluid injected into the rectum for the purpose of clearing out the bowel, or of administering drugs or food.” Enema comes from the Greek en-hienai, meaning to “send or inject into.” The earliest medical text in existence, the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, (1,500 B.C.) mentions it; the Pharaoh had a “guardian of the anus,” a special doctor one of whose purposes was to administer the royal enema. [1]

During the  17th Century, it was common practice in Western society to enjoy as many as three or four enemas a day. It is recorded that King Louis XIII had more than 200 enemas in one year. In December 1866, M.A. Cachot, MD, described successful use of a coffee enema to treat a child dying from an accidental poisoning in  a case report in the Pacific Medical and Surgical Journal. In World War I, it is also recorded that a nurse accidentally discovered coffee enemas help to relief pain. Until ~1972, the coffee enema procedure was listed in the famous Merck Manualwhich is used as a handbook by physicians the world over. 

At various times, medications, nutrients and other therapeutic substances have been administered via enemas. This is because the veins that line the colon wall are linked back to the liver via the portal vein. And hence, whatever is implanted into the colon is absorbed back quickly into the liver. 

Portal veins (blue) link colon to liver. Source: http://facstaff.gpc.edu/
Portal veins (blue) link colon to liver. Source: http://facstaff.gpc.edu/

Why coffee? [2]

In 1981, for instance, Dr. Lee Wattenberg and his colleagues were able to show that
substances found in coffee — kahweol and cafestol palmitate — promote the activity of a key enzyme system, glutathione S-transferase, above the norm. This system detoxifies a vast array of electrophiles from the bloodstream and, according to GarHildenbrand of the Gerson Institute, “must be regarded as an important mechanism for carcinogen detoxification.” This enzyme group is responsible for neutralizing free radicals. It is believed that kahweol and cafestol palmitate in coffee increase the liver’s production of glutathione by as much as 700%.

The coffee enema works by dilating the bile ducts. As stated by the editors of Physiological
Chemistry and Physics, “Caffeine enemas cause dilation of bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of toxic cancer breakdown products by the liver and dialysis of toxic products from blood across the colonic wall.” Coffee travels through the left hemorrhoidal vein to the portal vein, which delivers the coffee to the liver.

Coffee enema is typically held for 15 to 20 minutes. Because the liver filters all the blood in the body every 3-4 minutes, during a coffee enema session, all the blood cells of the body
experience detoxification. [3]

How to do coffee enema?

Bottle to use for Saline Flush and Coffee Enema. But I think I will switch to a glass container when we are home to prevent BPA leakage into the enema.
Bottle to use for Saline Flush and Coffee Enema. But I think I will switch to a glass container when we are home to prevent BPA leakage into the enema.

Step 1: Do a saline flush

  • I usually run anywhere between 500ml to 2L of water mixed with Himalayan Seasalt before doing coffee enema for my mum as a cleanse
  • Ratio = 1L of water: 2 tablespoon of Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Lubricate: Use coconut oil to lubricate tube, then insert around 3-4 inches of tube into rectum. I do this with the tap /clamp open to release any air.
  • Close the tap/clamp
  • Pour the water into the bottle and open tap/clamp slowly, especially for first timers, rushing water into colon will stimulate peristalsis and then won’t be able to hold the water as long
  • Remove tube when the person can longer hold water
  • Pass out in the toilet

Step 2: Prepare the coffee

  • Boil 1 tablespoon of coffee with 600ml of organic ground coffee in distilled/filtered/spring water, so usually I would end up with 500ml of coffee to use for 2 days. And it is better to make the coffee fresh to prevent oxidation.
  • Boil for 10 minutes, then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the coffee to get the liquid only. Cool to body temperature before use.

Step 3: Coffee Enema

  • Can be done on floor or bed. Prepare a towel.
  • Use a thick waterproof underpad in case of leakage
  • Hang enema bottle from a knob (I use the door knob) and ensure that the bottle/bucket is hanging above the person so that there is enough pressure difference for the coffee to flow
  • Lubricate: Use coconut oil to lubricate tube, then insert around 3-4 inches of tube into rectum. I do this with the tap /clamp open to release any air.
  • Close the tap/clamp
  • Pour the coffee (250ml) into the bottle (you have to do this before inserting tube if you are doing it for yourself) and open tap/clamp slowly, especially for first timers, rushing coffee into colon will stimulate peristalsis and then won’t be able to hold the coffee as long
  • Remove tube when the person can longer hold coffee
  • Pass out in the toilet after 20 minutes

TIps: 

  • Keep coffee in fridge to keep fresh, but take out 1 hour before coffee enema to get it to room/body temperature.
  • Keep coffee in glass or ceramic container. Aluminium is not recommended as it can seep into coffee.
  • For people sensitive to caffeine, it is best to do coffee enemas in the morning to prevent sleeplessness.
  • If you use SA Wilson coffee beans, the coffee might turn green. Don’t be alarmed; it is normal. I confirmed it with the Don’t pour it away and waste so much expensive organic coffee like me!
  • Be gentle when inserting tube, especially if the person has hemorrhoids. Do not push further if you feel resistance to prevent injury.
  • The above steps are for administering coffee enema for another person. You will have to adjust the steps if you are planning to do it for yourself.

Wheatgrass and Probiotic Implants

I am not done talking about shoving things up the a** yet :) It is kind of weird even for me that I love to DRINK coffee so much, but now I not just stopped drinking coffee due to its acidity, I am blogging about coffee enemas!

 

Growing our own wheatgrass for consumption/enemas
Growing our own wheatgrass for consumption/enemas

Since the colon is so closely linked to the liver through the portal vein, we can leverage implants to quickly absorb nutrients into the body to enable detox.

Key benefits of wheatgrass:

  • Powerful detoxifier – the enzymes and amino acids  can protect us from carcinogens.
  • Has 92 out of 102 possible minerals, that is easily absorbed by the body
  • Very alkalizing for the body and therefore, helps prevent cancer and many other health issues
  • Relieves symptoms of anaemia
Source: www.e-gaho.com
Source: www.e-gaho.com
Source: www.e-gaho.com
Source: www.e-gaho.com

I am not a big fan of the taste of wheatgrass. The best I can do is a shot, so putting it as a implant works for me as the body can absorb the nutrients quickly without me having to drink it.

Other good implant to do is probiotics – to introduce good gut flora. I usually help my mum implant 20ml of water mixed with half teaspoon of organic probiotic powder.

I hope that was educational enough for you to try coffee enemas and implants on your own for optimal health!

The other complementary treatments my mum is undergoing for her cancer recovery (I will slowly write about each one as mum recovers!):

  1. Raw DietVegan Diet and Juice Fast
  2. Electro Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
  3. Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)
  4. Nefful Negative Ion Clothings from Japan
  5. Saline Flush, Coffee Enema, Wheatgrass Implant, Probiotic Implant
  6. Vitamin C High Dose IV
  7. Vitamin B17
  8. Ozone Therapy
  9. Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT)
  10. Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
  11. Breathing and Pilates Classes

Disclaimer

[1]  and [2] - Adapted from “The Royal Enema” by Dr. Ralph Moss, quoted from http://www.wellnesspathways.com/
[3] Healing Newsletter, #13, May-­‐June, 1986

Feature photo credits: lolsnaps.com

Jack striking a yoga pose , with no sweat!

Breathing and Pilates Class – Cancer Treatment

I have been practicing Pilates and Breathing exercises for a while in Singapore, but I was a little surprised initially to see that the clinic they incorporated these lifestyle elements into my mum’s treatment plans.

The health benefits of exercise is irrefutable, for all of us really.

“We confirm that there is irrefutable evidence of the effectiveness of regular physical activity in the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression and osteoporosis) and premature death…There appears to be a linear relation between physical activity and health status, such that a further increase in physical activity and fitness will lead to additional improvements in health status.” – -CMAJ, 2006 issue

Exercise also helps to get more oxygen into my mum’s system so I definitely encourage all cancer patients to do some light exercises! My mum will probably enroll in Pilates and Taiji class when home to stay fit and healthy.

Mum doing a push-up stance
Mum doing a push-up stance

Because there are often psychological factors linked to cancer, the clinic also encourages breathing and stilling of the mind. Some people name this meditation but I want to move away from this terminology because it does not have a religious slant. The breathing exercises done in the clinic is used to focus the mind on the breaths itself, to slow down and calm the parasympathetic nervous system.

Meditation is one of several relaxation methods evaluated and found to be of possible benefit by an independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). — American Cancer Society [1]

Personally, I have always found it a challenge to calm my mind and still be spirit. Usually, I try to do breathing exercises and meditate on the verse “Be still and know that I am God”. Like many things, keep breathing that bring oxygen into the lungs and expand the diaphragm is a conscious habit to re-learn so I think I am slowly improving now after doing it for sometime. I try to do it in the mornings to also introduce more oxygen into my (non-morning person) body.

For all who are reading this article because someone you know have cancer, I want to share from watching cancer patients recovery journey now, a huge part of the recovery is also emotional – letting go of past hurts and burdens, and forgiving. And both slow exercises like Taiji and breathing exercises help to calm individuals down to be able to be in the optimal emotional and mental state to let go and be positive! Our emotions and words can even affect water molecule formation – see below video that amazed me, what more us and our health!

The other complementary treatments my mum is undergoing for her cancer recovery (I will slowly write about each one as mum recovers!):

  1. Raw DietVegan Diet and Juice Fast
  2. Electro Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
  3. Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)
  4. Nefful Negative Ion Clothings from Japan
  5. Saline Flush, Coffee Enema, Wheatgrass Implant, Probiotic Implant
  6. Vitamin C High Dose IV
  7. Vitamin B17
  8. Ozone Therapy
  9. Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT)
  10. Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
  11. Breathing and Pilates Classes

Disclaimer

[1] http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/mindbodyandspirit/meditation

IPT day treat - cocoa banana cake topped with goji berries and coconut flakes

Insulin Potentiated Low Dose Chemo Therapy (IPT, IPLDT) – Cancer Treatment

Insulin Potentiated Low Dose Chemotherapy, also know as Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT), is one of the more progressive ways to treat cancer, but also one of the most ignored. Though I am no medical student, but when IPT is explained to me, it is extremely logical to me how it is a much more effective and less toxic way of treating cancer. My mum only felt slightly nausea on her first IPT session but she didn’t throw up. But after they adjusted the anti-nausea IV dosage, she didn’t feel any other side effects throughout her 8 IPT sessions in 5 weeks but her cancer markers dropped steadily every week!

All the medical information I will quote below are from Dr Lodi and Sensagent, who both gave me a very thorough scientific understanding of IPT.

Why Insulin?

All cells, including cancer cells, need glucose in order to produce the energy necessary for survival. Cancer cells have developed a very effective strategy (glycolysis or fermentation), to ensure they survive; they grow many extra insulin receptors – 10-19x more than regular cells – on their surfaces in order to attract and utilize more of the circulating glucose than the other non-cancerous cells in the body.

Because cancer cells have more insulin receptors to uptake sugar, it is also how cancer cells are detected in a pet scan. A patient is injected with radioactive glucose that is preferentially taken up by cancer cells, which is why it shows a light up in the scan where there is cancer in the body. More insulin receptors on cancer cells is also why cancer patients with aggressive cancers lose weight rapidly – all the glucose is feeding the cancer cells rather than normal cells, leading to cachexia, which leads to death if untreated.

“By administering small amounts of insulin prior to the person eating that day, we are able to select the cancer cells from amongst all the other cells in the body because they are able to bind the insulin much more quickly, resulting in what is known as the “therapeutic window” (cancer cells are permeable while the other, normal cells are still hard and impermeable). There are a multitude of effects upon cells when insulin binds to them and one of these effects is that the cells become more permeable (creating openings) by stimulating an enzyme known as delta-9 desaturase. Once the cancer cells have been targeted by the insulin to open their doors, we then administer small amounts of the appropriate chemotherapeutic drugs, from 5% to 10% of the standard dose. Much of what we administer becomes absorbed into the cancer cells rather quickly and not into the normal cells because they are still relatively hard or impermeable. IPT, therefore, is able to take advantage of the powerful cytotoxic effects of standard chemotherapy without having to use high doses.” — Dr Thomas Lodi

What happens at the cellular level when IPT is administered?

If you MUST understand the detailed science of how IPT works like me, this is the BEST explanation from Sensagent.

“Cell membranes are largely made up of triglycerides, which are built of fatty acids... Insulin activates many enzymes, and one of the enzymes is called delta-9 desaturase, and the action of this enzyme is to de-saturate – to make a saturated fat into an unsaturated fat. Delta-9 desaturase – once it has been activated by insulin – de-saturates the fatty acids that make up the cell membrane of cancer cells. 

This fatty acid – saturated stearic acid – has a melting point of 65 °C. Stearic acid, once it has been de-saturated by insulin, becomes mono-unsaturated oleic acid, which has a melting point of 5 °C. At physiologic temperatures (the temperature of the body, about 37.5 °C), tristearin – triglyceride with three stearic acids attached that composes the cancer cell membrane – is going to be more “waxy” than “oily” because of its higher melting point. This makes for a less permeable cell membrane. On the other hand, once the insulin has activated the enzyme delta-9 desaturase, the cell membrane of cancer cells is composed of triolein – the triglyceride with three oleic acids attached – with a melting point of 5 °C. This cell membrane will be more permeable at physiologic temperatures. The chemotherapy drugs are, thus, able to enter the cancer cells more easily because of the increased cell membrane permeability, providing the required intracellular dose intensity to kill the cancer.”

What happens during treatment?

My mum fasts for 6-8 hours before IPT. This is to ensure all the insulin that will be injected goes mostly to the cancer cells than having to deal with any glucose in the blood stream.

Then the nurses inject insulin and wait for 20-40 minutes, while checking blood sugar every 5 minutes to prevent hypoglycemia. During the wait, the cancer cells are saturated with insulin because they have 10-19x more insulin receptors than regular cells. The cancer cells become more permeable (than regular cancer cells before insulin / regular healthy cells) as explained above. Then 5-10% of chemotherapy drugs are administered and becomes preferentially taken up by the cancer cells rather than regular cells.

This targeted way of treating cancer is why my mum didn’t feel any side effects throughout her 8 IPT sessions in 5 weeks except for mild nausea on her first session, but her cancer markers dropped steadily every week! She didn’t suffer the hair loss, nausea, diarrhea, breakouts that the mainstream oncologists warned us about if she went through a full 100% dose conventional chemotherapy.

And then after IPT, my mum can have her favourite sweet fruits like durian and papayas to bring her blood sugar back up. Most of the patients look forward to IPT day because it is the only day they are allowed to have sweet fruits and food!

IPT day treat - cocoa banana cake topped with goji berries and coconut flakes
IPT day treat – cocoa banana cake topped with goji berries and coconut flakes

I am not against conventional chemotherapy and believed it has been a tool to help many cancer patients go into remission. If not for the medical research, there will also not be drugs like 5FU or Oxaliplatin that can be used to target certain kind of cancer cells more effectively. But I also wonder how much of the disruptive side effects could have been prevented if IPT was more commonly known. Dr Lodi told me an analogy that is very apt – IPT is like having a poisonous fly attack the burglar in your house, so your burglar gets hit but your house is intact. Would you prefer that rather than throwing a grenade into your house and see what is left over after it blows up?

The other complementary treatments my mum is undergoing for her cancer recovery (I will slowly write about each one as mum recovers!):

  1. Raw DietVegan Diet and Juice Fast
  2. Electro Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
  3. Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)
  4. Nefful Negative Ion Clothings from Japan
  5. Saline Flush, Coffee Enema, Wheatgrass Implant, Probiotic Implant
  6. Vitamin C High Dose IV
  7. Vitamin B17
  8. Ozone Therapy
  9. Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT)
  10. Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
  11. Breathing and Pilates Classes

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Living Foods for Breakfast June 2014 header

Event Invite: “Living Foods for Breakfast” Learning Session

I am so excited to be invited to the “Living Foods for Breakfast” Event!

As I written in my previous entries, living raw food full of enzymes is very important for our health. So this is an opportunity to learn to make Raw, Living Foods – Juice, Smoothies, Ice Cream – for breakfast!

Date: 28 Jun 2014
Time: 230-430pm
Speaker: Jonathan, has been vegetarian for the last 16 years. He is a Healthy Lifestyle Ambassador with passion for juicing, living foods, fitness, yoga and natural healing.
Location: Fit for Life Centre (Address in image below)
Price: $10 for 1, $12 for 2

And only for all of you Eatprayflying followers, quote #eatprayflying when registering to receive 50% off the entrance fee. So RSVP ASAP at Fit for Life!

Enjoy and be healthy :)

Exciting Living Food Event!
Exciting Living Food Event!
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Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) – Cancer Treatment

Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Otto Warburg, discovered that:

“the root cause of cancer is too much acidity in the body, meaning that the pH, potential hydrogen, in the body is below the normal level of 7.365, which constitutes an “acidic” state. Warburg investigated the metabolism of tumours and the respiration of cells and discovered that cancer cells maintain and thrive in a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2. He firmly believed that there was a direct relationship between pH and oxygen. Higher pH, which is Alkaline, means higher concentration of oxygen molecules, while lower pH, which is acidic, means lower concentrations of oxygen…the same oxygen that is needed to maintain healthy cells.” - ganodermareview.com

And since exercise is good for everyone, especially for cancer patients to stimulate their lymphatic system, the clinic combined Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT). This is the treatment that allowed for the most dramatic physically observable improvement for my mum. When she started EWOT, the health educator, Mr Jack Cross, started with only 8 units of oxygen. Because my mum is used to shallow breathing and she had metastases to both her lungs, she could not deflat the oxygen bag at all.

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Week 4 – Mum couldn’t deflat the oxygen bag

By Week 7, when her cancer markers were halved, mum could start to deflat the oxygen bag. And finally by week 10, when her cancer markers are within normal range, she was totally flattening the oxygen bag even though the oxygen units increased from 8 to 15! Such a dramatic physical recovery!

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Week 10 – Flattening the oxygen bag even though the oxygen units increased from 8 to 15! Mum’s lungs finally taking in all the oxygen

The other complementary treatments my mum is undergoing for her cancer recovery (I will slowly write about each one as mum recovers!):

  1. Raw DietVegan Diet and Juice Fast
  2. Electro Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
  3. Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)
  4. Nefful Negative Ion Clothings from Japan
  5. Saline Flush, Coffee Enema, Wheatgrass Implant, Probiotic Implant
  6. Vitamin C High Dose IV
  7. Vitamin B17
  8. Ozone Therapy
  9. Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT)
  10. Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
  11. Breathing and Pilates Classes

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Ozone Therapy – Cancer Treatment

Ozone therapy, also know as O3 therapy, has been used to disinfect and treat diseases for over 150 years. Ozone contains three oxygen molecules, while the oxygen commonly breathed contains two.  Ozone therefore, is considered an energized kind of oxygen.

Since cancer breeds in de-oxygenated body environment,  ozone therapy helps to increase oxygen circulation and the body’s ability to process and use oxygen in tissues and organs.

“Ozone is also believed to increase artery wall dilation and relaxation, reducing effect of clogged or blocked arteries. It is also believed to help stabilize the immune system, especially for people suffering from autoimmune or allergic conditions.” - http://www.placidway.com

You can find more on the scientific benefits here on the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine.

Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Otto Warburg, discovered that:

“the root cause of cancer is too much acidity in the body, meaning that the pH, potential hydrogen, in the body is below the normal level of 7.365, which constitutes an “acidic” state. Warburg investigated the metabolism of tumours and the respiration of cells and discovered that cancer cells maintain and thrive in a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2. He firmly believed that there was a direct relationship between pH and oxygen. Higher pH, which is Alkaline, means higher concentration of oxygen molecules, while lower pH, which is acidic, means lower concentrations of oxygen…the same oxygen that is needed to maintain healthy cells.” - ganodermareview.com

Hence, there is so much focus on getting my oxygen into cancer patients.

The Ozone Therapy procedure is done by drawing blood out from my mum. The nurses then introduce ozone (O3) to the blood, and they swirl the bottle with blood for 8 minutes. During this time, the blood turns from a dark red to a tomato red, showing the increase in oxygen in the blood.  After 8 minutes, the blood is then IV back into my mum.

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Bright Red Oxygenated Blood
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Bright Red Oxygenated Blood

The other complementary treatments my mum is undergoing for her cancer recovery (I will slowly write about each one as mum recovers!):

  1. Raw DietVegan Diet and Juice Fast
  2. Electro Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
  3. Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)
  4. Nefful Negative Ion Clothings from Japan
  5. Saline Flush, Coffee Enema, Wheatgrass Implant, Probiotic Implant
  6. Vitamin C High Dose IV
  7. Vitamin B17
  8. Ozone Therapy
  9. Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT)
  10. Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
  11. Breathing and Pilates Classes

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B17 Laetrile – Cancer Treatment

B17, also known as Laetrile or Amygdalin, is naturally found in apricot kennels and almond seeds. It is also a highly controversial cancer treatment, with some claiming B17 to cause cyanide poisoning, resulting it being banned in the US.

The way I overcame the fear that my mum would be poisoned by cyanide was to understand HOW B17 would work against cancer cells.

How B17 kills cancer cells. Source: http://usstropicana.blogspot.com/
How B17 kills cancer cells. Source: http://usstropicana.blogspot.com/

When a Laetrile molecule meets a cancer cell, it is broken down into 2 molecules of glucose, 1 molecule of hydrogen cyanide and 1 molecule of benzaldehyde. This reaction occurs much more readily with cancer cells rather than non-cancer cells because:

  • B17 molecule can only be broken down by glucosidase, which is 3000 times more abundant in cancer cells than normal cells.
  • B17 has 2 glucose molecules, and cancer cells have 10-19x more insulin receptors, making B17 molecules attractive to cancer cells. FYI – a PET scan works  on the same principle – Radioactive glucose is first injected, and is taken up first by cancer cells, which cause any area with cancer cells to light up

After the reaction, the free cyanide molecule reacts with Rhodanese (an enzyme in our bodies) to derive Thiocyanate, which aids our body in regulating our blood pressure and also promotes the production of vitamin B-12 by our liver.

My mum’s original B17 protocol was to have 21 days of B17 IV (Day 1 – 3g, Day 2 – 6g, Day 3 onwards – 9g) and transit to B17 oral tablets. But because she was on her 24 days vegetable juice fast when we reached Day 21, the doctors extended her B17 IV to 29 days before switching her to oral tablets to not tax her digestive system. They also tested her blood periodically for Thiocyanate level to ensure the B17 level was sufficient but not toxic.

B17 is not a magic bullet on its own, but it has worked alongside my mum’s other treatment to bring her cancer markers down to normal range in 9 weeks. I don’t know about you but I am going to introduce some apricot kernels and bitter almonds into my family’s diet for cancer prevention!

The other complementary treatments (I will slowly write about each one as mum recovers!):

  1. Raw DietVegan Diet and Juice Fast
  2. Electro Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
  3. Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)
  4. Nefful Negative Ion Clothings from Japan
  5. Saline Flush, Coffee Enema, Wheatgrass Implant, Probiotic Implant
  6. Vitamin C High Dose IV
  7. Vitamin B17
  8. Ozone Therapy
  9. Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT)
  10. Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
  11. Breathing and Pilates Classes

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