Blogs by Cynth'ya Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org
2/5/2005 10:53:52 AM
Blog accompanies my recent poem named "restoration."
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First, the teaching at IU East is going fine. Haven't really written a lot of poetry in the past 10 days or so, due to just processing the "c" word that has invaded our lives. My students know what's happening, shared an avalanche of their own personal family cancer stories. Staff is supportive.
Last Monday: Kenny's CAT scan negative (no lymph nodes involved).
The bone scan's "iffy" (???) Followed up with an MRI since the blurry spot on his mid-spine could be arthritis.
Last Wed: Consulted with head of radiology locally.
He had an MRI ordered next day to check Kenny's spine.
Mid-Feb. We go to IU Med Center to consult with a highly recommended surgical specialist. He may have his surgery done there--we just aren't crazy about Ball Hospital's patient care in general ( post surgery-wise) from personal experience and others stories.
(Exception: Oncology Division: It's huge. They were doing things 10 years ago in the state for cancer patients that the rest of the state wasn't doing, not even in Indianapolis. But I know with my grandson's burn case when he was a baby that IU does amazing things and treats you like a true individual, not a cog on an assembly line.
NUTRIENT-WISE: We're co-health planning . Wheat spaghetti looks and tastes like regular spaghetti when it's cooked. Losing weight cutting out those "bagged snacks." Eating fruits, veggies (avoid GMOs!--genetic manufactured things are grown using VIRUSES!). If the FDA says is okay to take cloned fish cells to grow things like tomatoes, I'd rather grow my own in a flower pot. I slice ginger root and add turmeric to tea. Also carrying around a special homemade spice blend in my purse that has strong antioxidant properties everytime we happen to go out to eat (which is rare, and we are very picky about the way our food is prepared nowadays.) And no more red meat, which is a personal choice, one we think will be for the better.
Going out of town to an excellent organic health food market is better for the health, regardless of the time and gas money. Between office calls, medical x-rays and medications, it makes sense to travel 60 miles one way to get the best food products. We realize you can't put a price on being healthy. Prevention is smarter than treating. Our kids are getting way too fat and lazy and it's the adults fault most of the time. (Sugar snacks, fast food, processed items, microwaving.)
Saving money with foods and short cutting the cooking process usually means, we've found out, that the body will react negatively before too long. Just look at our obese society and the stress, the drug ads on tv, etc. If the Food and Drug (NOTE FOOD AND DRUG!) Administration would work together to educate people as opposed to medicating them, we'd be a healthier, freer, less broke nation.
So as for we and our house, no dairy products, only whole wheat items, only brown rice, and zero red meats. I was shock that it takes an entire 45 min. to an hour to cook brown rice. But that means I need to better control the time in my day, which is also less stressful on the mind.
(Last week we "dated" at a lovely jazz/dinner club in Indianapolis. Afterwards we went to TGI Fridays near Carmel. Kenny did order a special zero-fat flank beef steak, but it's been seven days since he had red meat. He was getting kind of depressed about all the "can't eat this and that, but he's changing his attitude. I've always been a green tea drinker and he is even starting to like green tea, which we drink at least twice a day, in addition to our Nutrilite phytonutrient supplements (lots of antioxidents in those--too many to mention).
All in all, he's adjusting to his better nutritional ways pretty well. So I can't complain.
I had the sumptious Garden Burger. Remembering that condiments have sugar additives, I ust had it with lettuce, tomato and honey mustard dressing.
FOOD PATROL: HE GOT BUSTED!
Just today I caught him eating a peanut butter on wheat sandwich that was smothered in grape jelly. Yes, that HIGH fructose corn syrup stuff full of additives.
According to the book, "The Answer To Cancer Is Never Giving It A Chance To Start, cancer cells are ravenous 24/7 for any form of sugar, and will rob it from a normal cell every chance it gets. This is why eating preventative foods, even when one does not have to deal with cancer, improves the current and future quality of life.
Kenny repented and said he's never eat jelly again. (Translation: as long as I'm not looking). I still watch Kenny with eyes in the back of my head. But he knows all of my nutri-preaching from the past is perhaps something he should have maybe listened to more carefully. McDonald's will no longer be his master. Besides, we can get paid to order healthy soy-based meals, olive oil, health supplements etc. from our business network. So home cooking is now well planned and delicious.
Anyone out ther who has cancer, (Thanks to a wonderful couple who's always looking out for us, John and Vickie Peterson--website http://www.mapi.com/en/profiles/peterson.html ) this book was given to me and my husband as a gift.
It's an extremely easy and enjoyable read--not like others I've seen:
"The Answer To Cancer Is Never Giving It A Chance To Start.
Also on front cover: Very Simple Ways To Avert A Very Big Calamity. Therapeutic Foods, Sleep, Herbs, Meditation, Yoga, Natural Detox, and NOT GETTING SICK FROM CHEMO.
Authors Hair Sharma, MD & Rama K. Mishra, G.A.M.S. with James G. Meade, Ph.D.
Aromatherapy: Got some Eucalyptus oil to put on our bedroom lightbulbs. When they burn it releases a relaxing calming scent for the body. I need it moreso to calm my own nerves as a wife on high alert, trying to keep balance in both work, home, and my writing life.
I'll keep you posted on future developments as they occur.
love and blessin's,
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