Saturday, February 22, 2014

Simple Complimentary Cancer Treatments

Many people, myself included,will look at various aspects of their lives when faced with cancer. Our priorities change and often we might be motivated to make certain changes in our habits. With cancer there is rarely a single cause and there neither a straightforward cure. Many of us might consider such things as traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, hypnosis, detoxification diets etc.

Our diets these days embrace a multitude of processed foods and this may contribute to cancer. Certainly there are chemicals and such in our environments that we come into contact with indirectly or directly in the course of our daily lives. I will not eschew traditional medicine. I want to work alongside it to bring about the best possible outcomes for my cancer. I do not wish to, nor ever would encourage anyone to abandon traditional medical advice. There are certain things we can take control of ourselves and certainly there are treatments we can follow that can only enhance our health let alone might improve our chances of fighting the cancer cells within us.


Which treatment is the right one?

One of the things I quickly noticed is that there are many possible treatments. Some are alternative treatments done often instead of traditional medicine. Some are more complimentary treatments that can be implemented alongside standard traditional medical procedures. Some treatments require purchasing ‘special’ things through the mail. I accept that there are some things are not available locally, however I don’t want to fall into the trap or the hands of people that just want to make money from people who are desperate to try anything to save themselves or their loved ones.

This is just a collation of my own personal notes. I didn’t think to get the references for each point so research it for yourself first – some of my notes don’t mention how much to take...Some of these treatments offer conflicting advice.

It is important that you do YOUR OWN RESEARCH and check with a medical professional before commencing ANY of these points!!! In a later post I will write of what changes I have personally made from this list and how well I am sticking to it. (The italics in the points below are comments added by me.) Some of these comments might not be able to be done simultaneously. Again I stress that you do your own research and check with a medical professional before commencing most of these.

  • Have a positive mind set, keep your immune system strong - probably the single most important thing you can do.
  • Don’t eat sugar, research data supports that it feeds the cancer.
  • Drink LOTS of water - keep your body hydrated and it helps flush toxins out.
  • Drink water with Bi carb soda - add 1 tsp bi carb to a glass of water twice per day only for first week in 6 week cycle then 1 tsp once per day for 5 weeks then repeat. It is critical not to have more than 1 tsp per day after the first week. Maple syrup will carry the bi carb to the cancer like a Trojan horse - use 3 tsp maple syrup to 1 tsp of bicarb. (How does this fit with the don’t eat sugar in point 1?)
  • Vitamin C: add 5 grams in large glass water twice a day BUT 1 hour apart from Bi carb
  • MSM in crystal form. MSM is actually organic sulfur and is a superb cancer treatment by itself as it grabs oxygen from water and shoves it inside of both cancer cells and non-cancer cells!
  • LIPH kills microbes and the cancer cells think LIPH is nothing but water. Thus, LIPH can get inside of cancer cells by itself to kill the microbes inside the cancer cells. MSM gets oxygen inside of all cells (which can kill the microbes inside the cancer cells) and helps get LIPH inside the cancer cells.
  • Di Robose (found in body building shops & health food shops) >5grams per day Cannabis Oil can be orally ingested (I think this is illegal in Australia)
  • Eat raw organic foods.
  • Turmeric and ginger kill cancer microbes, Recommended to use honey as a Trojan horse. Eg 1 tsp herb with 1 tsp honey. Take on alternate days. (How does this fit with the don’t eat sugar in point 1?)
  • Vegetable Juice detoxes are great particularly carrot, broccoli, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, ginger, orange & apple. When we cook food it reduces the chemical toxins in it but also reduces all the nutrients our bodies need. Our bodies can only heal when the toxic overload stops. (Be careful of the sugar content of juices especially with the fruit juices!)
  • Super foods include kale, asparagus (cook & puree it and have 4T twice a day), carrot (juice it & have 1 glass twice a day with 2T beet juice)
  • Essiac tea. you need to make it though, don’t buy the capsules etc.
  • Eat some soursop. It’s a cancer fighting fruit and it’s delicious
  • WARNING: DMSO, MSM, Turmeric/Curcumin/Curry, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper/Capsicum, Ginger, Green Tea, Celery, Cinnamon, etc., etc. etc. are all capable of thinning the blood.
  • Detox baths: For emergency purposes, 1 to 5 pounds of bicarbonate (for children much less) can be used as long as that amount is balanced with magnesium salts found in Dead Sea salt, Epsom salts and magnesium chloride bath flakes (1 to 5 pounds as well). Soak in bath at least 20 minutes or as long as desired.
  • Read “You Can Cure Cancer” by Ian Gawler
  • Read “The China Study” Very informative for beneficial foods.
  • Read “Sweet Poison” by David Gillespie (I am reading this one at present!)
  • Read “Treatment Essentials” by Dr Sircus http://drsircus.com/books/e-book/treatment-essentials/
  • Read “ Eat well: be well” low fat vegetarian meals. 

Shortly I will write of what changes I have personally made from this list and how well I am sticking to it. I will also make note of any improvements I have noticed along the way though this might need to be in the form of updates as most of the changes might be gradual.

I would be very interested to hear in the comments below or by private email, how you have coped or adjusted your lifestyle if you have undergone cancer.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Top 10 Valentine's Day Crafts

If you're looking for some pretty Valentines crafts, then I have this top 10 selection for you. Some are great to do with your kids and some are special projects for the love of your life.

It has been a long dark tunnel, since I have been most unwell over the past 3 months, but I am seeing the light at the end now that the doctors have changed my pain meds!  I haven't even done one craft even for Christmas since getting sick.

However I am well enough to scour the internet and put together 10 of my favourite finds. These are lovely crafts suitable for your loved ones to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. I hope it inkspires you to do some craft for your loved ones this Valentine's Day.

Wooden Love Sign


Foot Prints on our hearts

Valentine Bookmark

Valentine Throw Pillow

Cupcake liner cards

Valentine's Day Votive

Rustic No Sew Valentine's Love Banner

Super Easy Sun catcher for the kids to do.
Hearts on a Stick - another one for the kids

Valentine's Love Blocks


So now you have no excuse not to celebrate Cupid's holiday with one of these lovely Valentine's Day crafts for kids and adults. Show your love to the people you care about. Do send me a post as well as letting the original artist know if you post a photo of your creation. We just love to see what you have made.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A beautiful Bed for a beautiful daughter

Once upon a time there was a loving dad who doted on his 4 children and as they became wonderful, young adults, he dreamed of how he would still fit in their lives.


For our second daughter, he asked her what she wanted one time for her birthday, and she replied she wanted him to make her a beautiful bed.


It took many, many months of working on various design options. Trends have changed and fathers and daughters have different ideas of what constitutes a lovely bed. Eventually they settle on a design and bit by bit the bed started. There were quite a few hold-ups along the way. Holidays, lack of working room and the big bus conversion that was consuming a lot of the father's time and energy, but eventually the bed grew into a fully fledged project.


The loving father decided to make the bed with a steel frame as the daughter was likely to move a few times in the life of the bed especially as she was just renting at the moment as most young ladies do when they fly the coop.


Some drawers were added under the bed's frame to increase the practicality of the bed.


A father presented his love in a practical manner to his daughter. 

A beautiful bed made with a father's love. - What more can a daughter ask for?


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

On the Outside

Cancer is an odd place to be. I find that I am in a sort of limbo land. All around me life goes on - as it should. But that just makes me feel very isolated & lonely. Everyone is enjoying life, laughing, doing things, experiencing things that I took for granted at one stage too. They are all getting on with their lives and thus moving on. I feel isolated like I am on the outside, looking in.

Whereas I am caught up in a grey world of fog, an island of pain and 4 hour cycles of pain meds. I don’t even have the energy to do some light crafts or read a book most of the time. If I was lucky there might be something on television that would be absorbing enough to fill in the time between my frequent naps.

The Silence of Loneliness by Winterregen

Oddly enough when the rare visitor came, I was able to come out of my cocoon and interact and we both enjoyed the time together. It is sort of sad that some people whom I had thought would be ‘there’ for me are not. It is also amazing to see the support I am getting from others, some whom I hardly knew before all this came to light. The visits are a welcome break in my days of grey nothingness.

It is also noticeable that no-one has actually offered any practical help. I get the rare ‘call me if you need me.’ But these are from people who hardly know me. It doesn’t seem right to impose on them. Many will say I will pray for you and you know it is genuine for some, and a real blessing especially from those that I know are prayer warriors or live too far to be of any practical assistance and yet I wonder at others. It is so easy to say some words. No one has actually said, I will come and vacuum for you or do the shopping for you. There are many things I am not allowed to do as far as housework goes and anyway I just don’t have the energy to do much at all. If I pace myself,. I can start dinner preparation in the morning and actually have it ready by dinner time. Some days I can’t even do that. My husband can do a limited amount of cooking, he does a mean steak and a fabulous baked dinner, however I am thankful we can afford to buy frozen dinners from Woolies.



Yet oddly at this stage through all this fog, it is not one of depression, nor is not a time of despair, it is more like a time of waiting, of being patient, of letting my body dictate my days. Sure sometimes I wonder if I am being lazy and there are the odd times when I am energetic enough to do something whether it be to catch up on some light housework, cook some dinners to pop in the freezer or find some other way to make things a tad easier on my husband for a bit. Sometimes we’d go for a drive whether it be to visit a friend or do some shopping. These little burst of energy had to be tempered as inevitably I would pay for it later and be totally exhausted for a greater period of time than the outing required.

Oh the joys of these precious gems that came once in a while were also to be treasured and revisited in my mind during the times when I stayed home in my little grey world. Other than being concerned and careful regarding my health, I had to be careful not to be selfish. My husband has to carry a lot of this too. He has a wife who can be very testy, who doesn’t want to share some of the pleasures we shared together as a husband and wife, who doesn’t want or is able to share in a social life with friends and family. He suffers too!

I guess there is a realisation that life will never be the same even when I’ve licked this cancer. Our experiences will change the way we see things and people. I have no idea this early in the game just what or who the causalities will be. It does mean that our priorities have changed, our outlook has changed and all this means we have changed, hopefully for the better. But change is inevitable.



Though the road might not be the one I would have chosen, I know that I am where I am meant to be. I might not know his plans for my life, but I know that God will give me the grace, help and assistance as I need it. There are times when I can not 'feel' God, but I know that he is faithful. I am so grateful that I have been a Christian now for some 30 years and have a history with Him. I can look back in my life and know that through other difficult times when I 'couldn't feel his presence', I can look back and see that He had been there all the time. I am relying on His promise that He will be there for me, even to the point of carrying me when I can no longer walk the road under my own steam. Now that is reassuring, knowing that no matter what, my future lies with him.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Recycling Chocolate Foil Wrappers & a Tutorial

I have love recycling things for crafts and one of my favourites is reusing chocolate foil wrappers. So what a wonderful way to start the New Year with a crafty tutorial that also recycles something that is commonly thrown out!

Chocolate Foil Wrappers are so bright and come in such pretty colours I just had to make them into something! I just love the festival they add to a project.

 At the end of this post I will show you how to make this beautiful butterfly card



Below are some more things I have made or decorated with chocolate foil wrappers.

A cigar box decorated in scraps of foils topped with a foiled handmade butterfly

Another cigar box decorated with a mosaic scene and a foiled handmade butterfly

A beautiful beaded & foiled handmade butterfly fridge magnet

3 small foiled handmade butterflies decorate this trio of squares on a card.

As you can see the handmade butterflies are a common denominator to these crafts. Read below to learn how to make your own foiled butterfly

Butterfly Foil Card Tutorial

 

Supplies

Butterfly stamp
Jet Black Staz On Permanent Ink pad
Cold Laminate
Tweezers
Chocolate foils in various colours (enjoy eating the choccies)
Card stock
Coluzzle Oval nested shapes &
cutting knife & mat
Craft glue
Kindy Glitter Glue

Method

  • Stamp butterfly on the front of a cold laminate scrap with Jet Black Staz On
  • Peel off backing off the cold laminate.
  • Apply small pieces of foils coloured side against tacky surface, in areas as desired or follow photo for placement suggestion. Working with small pieces is easier to ensure minimal colour outside chosen areas. A pair of tweezers is handy here!
  • Continue adhering the foils until whole butterfly is covered.
  • Cut around stamped and foiled image.
  • Bend  laminate to lift wings.
  • Using the Coluzzle Cutting System or other cutting system, cut 2 ovals for card front as per photo.
  • Glue ovals onto card front. 
  • Decorate card base as desired 
  • Glue butterfly's body only to the top of card as per photo, lifting wings slightly to give definition..
You can also make a lovely garland using the chocolate wrappers.  

  I have shared this tutorial on Savvy Southern Style 
There are a lot of other entries to entice you there.

I swear you wont be able to look at a foil covered chocolate in the same way ever again. The fastest way to gather a wide selection of these foil wrappers is at Easter. They abound on so many Easter eggs, bunnies etc

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Resolution - a decision made

Deciding whether or not to have radiation was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. I was in real turmoil and thankfully I made my mind up within 4 days.

Day 1: Christmas Eve was the day I found out about the possible side effects of radiation. As much as many of the side effects are nasty, they are temporary. However I found that there was a possible permanent side effect of losing my hearing which absolutely terrified me. I had read of 3 ACC patients that had lost various degrees of hearing permanently. This is a lot when you consider that this extremely rare cancer (4 in a million are diagnosed with ACC) and there really isn't that much data or statistics to support the real ratio of side effects. I am already profoundly deaf. I know the isolation that deafness brings. I didn't want it to be worst. It changes EVERY relationship you have.

Day 2 was Christmas Day and with a extended family Christmas party, hosted by my son and his wife thankfully, I really didn’t have much time to dwell on decision making even though I couldn’t nap at all as every time I had any quiet time, my mind was in overdrive and in panic mode.

Day 3 was Boxing Day which was a day of hell for me, mainly because I had nothing to do but ‘rest and recover’ from the previous day’s festivities. This gave me far too much time to dwell, to think, to obsess, to cry, to pray and to cry again. It was another day when I couldn’t nap when I so desperately needed it. I was overtired and stressed out. Every time I tried to be rational and logical, the fear just took over.

Day 4 was our own intimate family Christmas party when 3 of my 4 kids were here and their families. Somewhere through the night I had started to consider that I could have the radiation. By the time I talked to my family, I was able to say that I was seriously considering going ahead with it. It actually was a relief to have finally made a decision. I felt I had done my bit, now I was able to ‘hand it over to God’ and let Him take charge. I was not totally at peace. That peace came gradually over the next 24 hours or so.


Knowing the Peace of God in times of turmoil

I am still at peace about it today. I am still fearful, even terrified of going completely deaf, but now I am trusting God with the outcome. That doesn’t mean that I won’t go deaf in the future as a result of the radiation, but it does mean that I will let God be God and trust Him to guide me through whatever He has planned and that I am open to learn what ever lessons He has for me now and in the future. I also believe that sometimes I might be being used to teach someone else something, even something like patience and compassion. Who knows, that is God’s domain. I am clay in His hands.


A time to recoup and regroup

When I informed my husband of my decision, he had the great suggestion that we postpone the start of the radiation for a month to use the time to allow my body to heal and regain some strength from the 2 operations close together which certainly had knocked me around something fierce. I thought that was a brilliant idea as I am extremely fatigued and still having blinding headaches 3 weeks post op. I had a request of my own then, which is to ready the caravan trailer and that we hit the road for all of part of that time. He readily conceded! Now we just need to inform the radiation oncologist. I might need to have a mask made before I can leave though.


The phrase "taking things day by day" has taken on a whole new meaning for me.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Make Old Christmas Cards into New Crafts

After the madness of parties and such, it soon becomes time to start thinking of packing all the decorations away for another year. It used to be that everyone would get tons of Christmas Cards each year. I noticed that I don't get as many now as I used to! Now you might be tempted to do the right thing and hand them in to Planet Ark or such. But there is a better way: recycle and up-cycle and create new from old. Even if you don't get many cards anymore, wrapping papers, tags and cards are always available for half price or even less after Christmas. Later in January you will find that calendars are cheap too. So you've no excuse to make some post Christmas crafts ready for the next Christmas if you want to be super organized or at the very least you can buy them now and save them for simple crafts that you can do later especially with your children and grand-children in the lead up to next Christmas.

Kids love to make paper chains
Paper chains are especially great with the little ones. Sticky tape, staple or glue small strips to make circles and link them together to form a chain. Surely you remember the fun you had making these yourself when you were much younger!


Gift Box

Follow this easy tutorial to make gift boxes like the one above from the cards.

Make handmade cards by reusing old cards or by using shop bought cards: Buy 2 sets of the same cards so we can cut images from one set and mount them above the same image on the other card.  (If they are too young to cut, then I will cut and they will mount the images!)
I like to add glitter or puff paint to the cards, esp for 'snow and Santa's beard and fur!'


Cut down cards into Gift tags. There are some fabulous ways to get multiple images from one card sometimes. Basically you cut a gift tag shape out of the front of cards. If there is writing on the back then glue this tag onto a plain white card as a layer. You might even be able to judicially use the back of the same card if you are lucky.


A selection of gift tags

Similar to the above tags, but the images and glue them onto gift bags or even just plain paper bags for gifting.
If you like making your own jams, pickles etc as gifts then what about decorating the jars with circles cut from cards to fit and cover the jar tops.

Decorated Jam Jars.

If you are like me, you will have no idea how to pronounce the mathematical name of this 3D ball made from cards. I like to keep it simple and just call it a Christmas Card Ball. The name is horrendous but to make it is really easy. You just need to cut 2 circles and trace a triangle inside it, fold on the triangle lines and glue. You might need older kids for this though. You could be boring and make it into a maths lesson at the same time!



If you want to make something different then try this nifty Advent Calendar or these marvellous Luminaries. Both are beautiful and simple.




Another unique idea is to cut multiples of the same shape, fold each in half and  glue back to back as Folded Hanging Ornaments like the one below. You can make all sorts of shapes as long as they are symmetrical.



Make Christmas Card trees by cutting various size circles. The link takes you through the easy steps to make a couple of versions.

Christmas Card trees - Image source: BHG

There are so many ways you can recycle or cheat and use newly purchased cheap cards and papers to add that hand made touch to your next Christmas.

I'd love to add to my list if you have any handy ideas for recycling cards. Just pop the suggestion or even better the link to it in the comments below. I will eagerly look up each and every suggestions brought to my attention.