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Alternative Care

I read an eye opening article written by a woman who is a cancer survivor.  Her story was uplifting and proves to me that alternative medicine is the perfect alternative to the immune destroying chemo treatments.

The lady in the article was told by her doctor that there was nothing further he could do for her. She had experienced a near death reaction to their poisonous chemotherapy.  She felt he had made all the money he could off her and was at the end of her treatment.  She chose as a last resort to enter one of the alternative care facilities in Mexico.  This was in 2007 when she was sent home to die by the oncologist.

She feels very fortunate at being a survivor and able to recommend alternative treatment in Mexico after surviving for 9 more years to date cancer free.  She arrived at the facility in a wheel chair with only several weeks to live.  Weak and feeling next to death, she fortunately still had the will to live.  After only several weeks of natural cancer treatments, she professed being a new person.  She felt strong and alive.  She walked out of the clinic beside her husband with huge smiles on both their faces.  At this point, she knew she would live.  

Upon returning home she visited her conventional oncologist who was shocked after receiving the results of her “after” PET-scan test, compared to her first test.  He professed never having seen anything quite like it.  Her blood tests were perfect and the PET-scan did not detect ANY CANCER at all.  She left him bewildered and confused at leaving, without even telling him she had been to Mexico for treatment.

This generous lady shared her story in the hopes that others out there having been given the death sentence would reach out to the possibility of alternative cancer treatment.  Many testimonies like this one are posted every day.  Don’t block out the possibility and hope that your life is NOT over, just temporarily sidetracked!


Treating Pain Without Drugs

The United States released a federal report revealing that more than 54% of adults had some type of musculoskeletal pain disorder such as back, joint or neck pain in 2012. This is a leading cause of disability and major contributor to health care expenses and disability compensation, and a significant price Americans pay for pain. Those suffering from pain were significantly more likely to have used a complementary health approach compared to those without pain.

There was congressional testimony from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) that stated Americans consume 80% of the pain pills in the world. More than 2,000 pain patients in the U.S. said they were taking a dangerously addictive opioid pain medication. It has been suggested by research that these drugs work for only about three months and make changes in your brain that may lead to increased feelings of pain, along with added emotional upset. Feelings of hopelessness and desperation can be included.

Many suffering pain have tried nearly every treatment that conventional medicine has to offer such as medications, injections, surgery and more, only to find their pain hasn’t gotten better and they are struggling with treatment-induced side effects as well. At this point, it’s natural that they begin to seek other options, like holistic, complementary or “alternative” health care options for some relief.

Mayo Clinic Proceedings evaluated several complementary approaches for pain relief as listed below:

· Acupuncture
· Massage Therapy
· Relaxation Techniques
· Exercise
· Medical Marijuana

The therapeutic and psychoactive properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor. These receptors are in your brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, immune system and more. It is known that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in many body processes, including metabolic regulations, cravings, pain, anxiety, bone growth and immune function.

Turmeric contains curcumin, which has notable anti-inflammatory properties and has earned a reputation for being a multi-faceted healer. Essential oils for pain relief are: lavender, marjoram, chamomile, spruce, clove, ginger, sandalwood, fennel, wintergreen and frankincense.

Essential oils that help relieve RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) pain and inflammation include peppermint, orange, ginger, myrrh and turmeric.

Homeopathy is found to be effective for low back pain, and some common remedies include Aesculus, for dull pain with muscle weakness, Gnaphalium, for sciatica that alternates with numbness, Colocynthis, for weakness and cramping in the small of the back, Amica Montana, for pain as a result of trauma, Lycopodium, for burning pain, and Rhus toxicodendron, for stiffness and pain in the small of the back.

Your life can quickly be sidelined if you are in severe pain or struggling with chronic pain. Seek the help of a pain specialist who is familiar with alternative treatments. By identifying the underlying causes of your pain, a knowledgeable practitioner can help you to relieve your pain in the short term while healing the cause.

— Dr Fredda Branyon


Sugar Has Many Names

Sugar is supplied to our bodies from natural sources in our fruits and vegetables. Combining this with additional fiber, vitamins and minerals, natural sugar is processed slightly differently than the refined white sugar, or sugar by other names, to disguise sugar in your food. It’s difficult to avoid those foods that are laced with sugar, unless you have switched to a diet of nearly exclusively whole foods. Processed foods quite often come with the addition of sweeteners to tempt our palates.

Sugar can trigger an addiction that’s hard to break, and is one of the most damaging substances to your body. Sugar addition is unchecked in adults and children and defined as a specific “bliss point” for products by manufacturers, that bring customers back for more. The junk food industry doesn’t want us to know that sugar has significant and deadly effects on your health, therefore the label may not even list sugar as an ingredient.

About 45 grams of sugar was consumed every five days for people in 1812, which would equal the amount of sugar in one can of soda. Americans were consuming sugar in 2012 to the equivalent of 17 cans of soda every five days. That’s a jump that can have disastrous effects on our lives. Hiding sugar under names we aren’t aware of can have devastating effects.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) put out new Dietary Guidelines for Americans along with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that limit the amount of sugar to 10% of your total daily calories. If you consume a 2,000-calorie diet this amounts to 10 to 12 teaspoons, which is over the amount of sugar in one 12-ounce coke. It is estimated by the National Cancer Institute that the average American consumes 15 teaspoons of added sugar every day. Not only is sugar in candy and sweet treats, but also those condiments, salad dressings, canned goods and drinks in addition to sodas.

You may not know by the labels of what sugar is contained in your foods, as they may be listed as sugar, sucrose, fructose, Dextran, Ethyl Maltol and Panela. Some companies are reducing their sugar content in some foods.

Some of the sugars may be described as syrup or with an “ose” at the end of the word, such as galactose or fructose. Following is a list of some sugars under unknown names: blackstrap molasses, buttered syrup, cane juice crystals, evaporated cane juice, caramel, carob syrup, fruit juice, honey, fruit juice concentrate, brown rice syrup, corn syrup solids, Florida crystals, golden syrup, maple syrup, molasses, refiner’s syrup, sorghum syrup, sucanat, treacle, turbinado, barley malt, corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, diastatic malt, ethyl maltol, glucose, glucose solids, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, d-ribose, rice syrup, galactose, maltodextrin and castor.

The liquid sugar is even more dangerous to our health than any other form of sugar. Fruit juice contains the same amount of sugar as other sugary drinks, even though they are marketed as healthier choices. They have the same negative effects on your body as other drinks with added sugar.

The other bad news is that cancer has a sweet tooth and thrives on sugar. Researchers have found through a study that sugar developed pancreatic cancer. Other research tells us cells thrive on sugar and don’t burn other fuel as effectively, and cancer cells rely on sugar to maintain cell function. Some strategies can help you to reduce or eliminate your intake of added sugars as: knowledge in power, reduce your net carbs, eat real food, read labels, use safe sweeteners, increase your healthy fat intake at meals, include fermented foods in your nutrition plan and try turbo tapping.

Remember that it’s up to each and every one of us to take control of our health and do everything possible to avoid the risk of cancer. Starting with our diet is an extremely important step.

Dr Fredda Branyon


Increase Vitamin E

How about tossing in some whole eggs to a colorful salad? According to research from Purdue University this will boost the amount of Vitamin E . Vitamin E is the second-most under consumed nutrient in the average American diet. This is problematic because this fat-soluble nutrient has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, according to Wayne Campbell, a professor of nutrition science. His belief is that by adding eggs to a salad with colorful vegetables, it will improve their diets.

Vitamin E absorption was 4 to 7 fold higher when three whole eggs were added to a salad, according to a study from Purdue’s Department of Nutrition Science. The study measured the absorption of Vitamin E from real foods, rather than supplements, which contain a mega-dose amount of Vitamin E.

Dietary fats and Vitamin E are absorbed and also found in oils, seeds and nuts. Amino acids are found in the nutrient-rich food, eggs. The research also highlighted how one food can improve the nutrition value of another food when they are consumed together. These findings are published in The Journal of Nutrition and are supported by the American Egg Board’s Egg Nutrition Center, National Institutes of Health and Purdue Ingestive Behavior Research Center.

This particular study is an extension of a study that Campbell and Jung Eun Kim, a postdoctoral researcher in Purdue’s Department of Nutrition Science, reported in June 2015 showing that by adding eggs to a salad there was an overall increased absorption of the vegetables’ carotenoids.

A previous study that was conducted by Campbell and Ferruzzi, a professor at North Carolina State University, has shown that more carotenoids are absorbed when one large salad is consumed at a meal, compared to smaller salads consumed at two meals during the day. The research also focused on understanding how dietary protein and exercise influence adult health as people age.

Dr Fredda Branyon


Craving Ice, an Iron Deficiency?

We all crave that cold, refreshing ice on a hot summer day to relieve the heat, but if you are craving it frequently, there just might be something more it’s telling you. The craving to eat something non-nutritional is called pica, and chewing ice is a symptom of this.

Most often pica is seen in children, but the addiction of chewing ice crosses all age boundaries. Usually this non-nutritional substance craving is related to a nutritional deficiency. Iron deficiency or anemia may be the case in some instances. To fit the addiction to chewing ice, or pagophagia, a person must persist in chewing ice for one month or more. Some people who are addicted to chewing ice will even go to the point of eating freezer frost to meet their needs. Not that’s just being desperate.

There is a complex interaction between nutritional requirements and behavior. Just simply supplementing with iron may fix the problem for many who are craving ice. Our iron levels can create significant problems when too high or too low, and it’s important to understand the process and monitor your iron levels.

A study evaluated the behavior of 81 patients who suffered iron deficiency anemia and found pagophagia was a common form of pica. About 16% of the participants who experienced pagophagia exhibited relief from the symptoms faster with an iron supplement rather than the recovery of their hemoglobin levels may have indicated. Physicians should look closely for chronic blood loss in those patients who exhibit pica behaviors. It may be an indication of slow blood loss and iron deficiency. Anemia is caused when your level of red blood cells is lower than normal and reduces the amount of oxygen your body can deliver to your cells. Without oxygen, your body is unable to function effectively.

Chewing ice can damage your teeth and jaws and there is less damage than from those side effects of addiction to chemicals, such as tobacco, drugs or alcohol, but

it may cause dental damage, and lack of treatment of the anemia can cause heart damage. Some of the gastrointestinal symptoms of an iron deficiency are a sore tongue, dry mouth, altered sense of taste, difficulty swallowing and mouth sores. Other symptoms of iron deficiency and anemia are fatigue and exhaustion that can affect the cognitive skills and ability. Chewing ice may trigger changes in the brain’s vascular system that could lead to an increased amount of oxygen delivery.

Some effects of iron deficiency anemia can be gastrointestinal polyps, chronic heavy menstrual periods or chronic bleeding stomach ulcers. If you feel you are iron deficient, have a simple blood test called a serum ferritin test to measure the molecule in your blood that carries iron. A healthy range is between 20 and 80 nanograms per milliliter. Your iron level can be boosted by consuming beef, ham, lamb, turkey, chicken, veal, pork, shrimp, clams, scallops, oyster, tuna, spinach, sweet potatoes, peas, broccoli, string beans, beet greens, kale, watermelon, dates, figs, raisins, prunes, tomatoes, dried peas, lentils, dried beans, molasses and tomato products.

Choose your foods wisely and be sure to include the above foods in your diet to help keep your body and that of your family, healthy.

–Dr Fredda Branyon


Castor Oil Benefits

The castor oil seed has a very unique chemical composition.  The seed plant is native to India and 90% of its composition is ricinolete acid.  This is a fatty acid that is thought to be responsible for castor oil’s healing properties.  In Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Persia and 17th Century Europe and the Americas, it was used for medical reasons.

There are many uses for castor oil besides medical such as food additive, flavoring agent, mold inhibitor, ingredient in skin care products and cosmetics, used in the manufacturing of plastics, rubbers, synthetic resins, fibers, paints, varnishes, lubricants, sealants, dyes and leather treatments.  In WWI it was used as an aircraft lubricant.  

Besides being used in the industrialized world, were you aware that castor seeds could be deadly?  The toxin ricin is made from a protein in the castor seed and if ingested, gets into the ribosomes of your cells where it prevents protein synthesis that kills the cells.  Mash that is left over after processing castor seeds into oil, makes the ricin.  Just 1 milligram of ricin is fatal if inhaled or ingested and eating just 5 to 10 seeds would be fatal.

There are modern medical uses for castor oil like topical applications for a variety of skin conditions like keratosis, dermatosis, wound healing, acne, ringworm, warts, other skin infections, sebaceous cysts, itching and hair loss.  More importantly it shows some promise in treatment of cancer.  The American Cancer Society reports that early clinical trials suggest that ricin, when combined with an antibody to confine this poison to malignant cells, will shrink tumors in lymphoma patients.  

Castor oil has also been used to treat multiple sclerosis, arthritis, epilepsy, appendicitis, colitis, Parkinson’s Disease, Migraine and other headaches, liver ailments, cirrhosis, AIDs, eye irritation, cerebral palsy, cholecystitis, scleroderma, detoxification and gynecological problems.

Castor oil can be used as topical massage oil and the castor oil packs can improve the function of your thymus gland and other components of your immune system.  

Some side effects, such as taking orally, may alleviate constipation but can irritate your intestinal lining causing digestive discomfort, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal side effects.  If you have cramps, irritable bowel, ulcers, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, colitis, prolapses, or have recently had surgery, you should avoid castor oil due to the adverse effects.  It has been known to stimulate labor in healthy pregnant women and there have been reports of it causing nausea.

–Dr Fredda Branyon


Five Ways to Feel Happier

Being happy usually identifies with finding contentment, satisfaction, a feeling of joy, or a silver lining indicating that your life has meaning. But lately, it seems as if everywhere we look, people are overwhelmed by the handful of problems associated with life. Many reach a breaking point and sink into depression — a mental health issue few of our grandparents experienced, yet is so common today.

We should be in control of our own happiness, and to an extent, there are ways to combat the negative voices that try to bring us down.

1. Take a break from social media and go out with a friend

Gaining more likes on social media doesn’t necessarily add up to more happiness. According to the University of Michigan, the more time a person spends on social media, the more likely for their life satisfaction levels to decline. In contrast, the university also found that direct interactions with others, whether it be over the phone or face-to-face, contributes to feeling happier over time.

2. Get a good night’s sleep

An exhausted person is not a happy person. We assume that losing a few hours of sleep is no big deal, but it actually is and the cumulative effects are apparent in our actions and appearance. Emotional outbursts in the shower and dark undereye circles don’t occur without reason.

3. Make an effort to exercise

They say exercise is the cure for nearly everything in life — from depression to memory loss, to Parkinson’s and obesity. Exercising releases a chemical substance called endorphins. These substances interact with the receptors in our brain, reducing our perception of pain and triggering a positive feeling in the body.

With hectic schedules that consume our lives, it can be impossible to squeeze in a proper workout. But don’t count out everyday tasks such as walking and cleaning. Every movement our bodies make, the more sweat our bodies release — the better we feel on the inside.

4. Maintain a well-balanced diet

Long-term exposure to an unhealthy diet is a risk factor for depression. One of the many symptoms used to diagnose depression is a change in appetite, so there is undoubtedly a link between diet and depression. Always make a conscious effort to think twice before having take-out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner since it could be responsible for unexplainable sadness.

5. Fall in love

Love makes us feel invincible. It alters our negative outlook to something brighter and happier. Having strong feelings about another person can shake us to the core. It allows us to reevaluate our beliefs and focus on another person’s needs instead of our own. Everything that had us worried or sad could suddenly disappear. Love allows a whole new world to open up, which is why it’s deemed as the best medicine for sadness.

There will always be days when we feel like the entire world is against us. Maybe it’s a matter of perspective, or perhaps sadness has a knack for creeping into our subconscious — telling us that we can’t be happy today. The thing is, if we allow those voices to speak any louder, they might just consume our thoughts and let negative emotions become our default mood. It may be easier said than done, but try to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel, and you may just save yourself from falling into a pit of despair.

Butter Yellow, Milk White

Butter Yellow, Milk White?

Butter Yellow, Milk WhiteWhy would butter end up yellow in color when the beginning product of milk is white? The cows eat grass and flowers, which contain the yellow pigment beta-carotene, and then store the pigments in their fat. Therefore, the cream, butter and other diary foods from cows contain the fat containing the beta-carotene as well as the yellow pigment. Whole milk is mostly water and has a little more than 3% fat. Cream will usually contain between 30% and 40% fat, but at least 80% of the butter content is saturated fat.

The butter being made from a sheep, goat or water buffalo will be white, because those animals do not store beta-carotene like the cows do. Their milk is actually converted to vitamin A, which contains no color. When the cows are grazing in spring and summer, it will produce yellow butter, but in off seasons the cows aren’t getting the beta-carotene- rich grass and flower diet. They are fed grain, which doesn’t have a lot of beta-carotene.

Cows don’t digest grains that will radically alter their gut bacteria and promote disease. The raw milk from organic, grass fed cows contains better nutrients and poses a lower risk of contamination from growth hormones, antibiotics and pathogens. Some dairies freeze yellow butter so that it can be sold year-round. Some cows never see grass, flowers, pastures or even the light of day when in an industrialized diary centrated animal feeding operation. That butter isn’t naturally yellow any time of the year.

Butter is not the killer it’s always been made out to be, and the medical community is beginning to backpedal on its stance regarding fat. The plasticized pseudo-butter known as margarine is the culprit that will destroy your heart. While people are avoiding butter and trying to cut fats of every kind, they don’t realize they are putting their health at risk.

Studies now say that there was not a connection between saturated fat and heart disease. The Framingham Heart study has shown unequivocally that the minute people started replacing their butter with margarine, the rate of heart disease and an array of interrelated disorders skyrocketed.

The bottom line is that saturated fats lower cardiovascular disease. The saturated fats actually raise the beneficial HDL cholesterol, and changes the LDL from small and dense, which is very bad to large LDL, making it benign. A prominent study examined the effects of butter and margarine on cardiovascular disease and revealed that margarine does increase your heart attack risk, while butter lowers it. So eating full-fat grass-fed butter might lower your heart attack risk by as much as 69%, in part because of its vitamin K content.

Other positives in regard to butter consumption is butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that is created by bacteria in your colon when in contact with dietary fiber. This may be one of the reasons why fiber is so beneficial and makes up to about 4% in the butter.

The less dairy products as butter, milk, yogurt and cheese are messed with, the better they are for you. Pasteurized milk is not better for you than raw. The assumption that pasteurized milk is safer, is proven untrue. The FDA and CDC maintain that raw milk can carry harmful bacteria, but fail to disclose that those bacteria may be most likely to result from the way industrial dairies raise diseased cattle in CAFOs.

Pasteurization actually destroys many valuable nutrients and enzymes in the milk. You can even go further and make your own butter at home. Haven’t you ever noticed that if you whip your cream too long, you will end up with butter and not whipped cream? So get out there and use that tastier, healthier butter in your baking.
–Dr Fredda Branyon


Cancer Fighting Pineapple Enzyme

CANCER FIGHTING PINEAPPLE ENZYMERelying on chemotherapy, conventional cancer treatment has proven a dismal failure in the United States. Chemotherapy is extremely toxic and works against your
body’s natural ability to fight cancer by destroying host immunity instead of supporting it. Healthy cells throughout your body are destroyed right along with the cancer cells that
often lead to faster death and not healing.

There are a handful of natural compounds that have been discovered that exhibit an effect called “selective cytotoxicity.” Meaning, they are able to kill cancer cells while leaving the healthy cells and tissue unharmed. This is the most intelligent way to treat cancer and will not result in the death of the patient from the chemo “collateral damage.”

One of the compounds is bromelain, which is an enzyme that is extracted from pineapple stems. The Planta Medica study research found that bromelain was superior to the chemo drug 5-florauacil in treating cancer. The property cytotoxicity is found only among natural compounds and no chemo drug has yet been capable of this effect. Other compounds that have been found to kill cancer cells without harming healthy ones include:

❖ Vitamin C
❖ Eggplant extract
❖ Turmeric (Curcumin Extract)

Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that digests proteins. In the study it was injected directly into the abdominal cavity getting the enzymes from the digestive tract and into the bloodstream. Enzymes are susceptible to denaturing and must be helped to survive the highly acidic environment in the stomach. Through research it has been shown they can pass through your intestine intact and into the bloodstream and lymphatic system, where they can deliver their services to the rest of your body.

Some ways proteolytic enzymes can be helpful in the fight against cancer are:

❖ Boosting cytokines, particularly interferon and tumor necrosis factor, which are very important warriors in destroying cancer cells.
❖ Decreasing inflammation.
❖ Dissolving fibrin: Cancer cells hide under a cloak of fibrin to escape detection. Once unlocked they can be spotted and attacked by your immune system. Fibrin
also is thought to make cancer cells stick together which increases the chance for metastases.
❖ German studies have shown systemic enzymes increase the potency of
macrophages and killer cells 12-fold.

Search for alternative treatments to fight cancer and bypass those toxic chemotherapy treatments that can destroy your immune system and eventually take
your life.
–Dr Fredda Branyon

Cancer Patients Fare Poorly After Surgery

Cancer Patients Fare Poorly After Surgery

Cancer Patients Fare Poorly After SurgeryUC Davis researchers are urging end-of- life patients to discuss their conditions prior to consenting to surgery. Those who have advanced cancer and undergo surgery are far more likely to endure long hospital stays and readmissions, referrals to extended care facilities and death.

A study that was published in PLOS One highlights the dilemma that surgeons and physicians face when they have a terminally ill cancer patient that has been diagnosed with the conditions that may benefit from surgery, and have the need for substantive discussions about the risks of surgery and implications on future quality of life. Even though the physicians consult with these patients for acute surgical conditions and advanced cancer, it leaves them to weigh the risks and benefits of surgical intervention. It’s very important to really examine the patient’s risks before surgery is proposed, and to completely understand their goals and wishes for their remaining days.

A study conducted by author Sara B. Bateni examined the cases of about 18,000 patients with stage 4 cancers and the option of surgery. The cases were then compared with other patients who had similar characteristics such as age, gender and functional status before surgery, and had undergone similar operations but did not have stage 4 cancer. The patients with stage 4 cancer spent more time in the hospital, were readmitted to the hospital more frequently, were more often referred to another facility, such a skilled nursing unit, and had higher mortality within 30 days of their procedures than their counterparts, who did not have late-stage cancer.

Choosing a more comfortable end-of- life stage, to me, would be achieving less pain and able to enjoy family and friends until the Lord chose to take me home. To me, surgery at this late stage would only cause more stress and pain to the patient as well as the family, and who wants to spend that time in the hospital rather than a comfortable place?

In conclusion of the study, Bateni and her co-authors suggested that surgeons should to talk with their terminally ill cancer patients about their end-of- life goals, palliative care and the risks and benefits of surgery. There are definite potential surgical interventions. Their plan now is to analyze the outcomes of stage 4 cancer patients with conditions that are considered operable, but who choose not to have surgery. After having been the support person for a woman with pancreatic cancer undergoing chemo treatments, my decision for treatment would be entirely different if I were to be diagnosed with any stage 4 cancers. What about the alternative of building the body and immune system before making any chemo or surgery decisions?

Everyone must choose his or her own decisions regarding treatment when faced with any type of stage 4 cancer. No two people are going to have the same goals, so if you or a loved one is faced with this decision, be sure to investigate all options and choose accordingly. These decisions are critical, and never easy on the patient, friends or family.
–Dr Fredda Branyon