“If I only knew”…huh! I may say that truly,” And pagsisisi ay laging sa huli”. (Repentance always the latter)
I remember when my beloved mom was diagnosed with “Chronic Leukemia”, it was in 1993. It was discovered by accident, while working as a right hand nurse in an ophthalmology clinic own by our relative. She doesn’t know that she is seriously sick, but rather thinking that she is just anemic. But, one doctor saw her and said, “Tita Gene (aunt Gene) , why don’t you drop by my laboratory and let your blood examined because you look so pale”.
So, she visited and was stunned when the result came. She couldn’t believe it. The following day, she immediately showed it to my uncle ophthalmologist ( the owner of the clinic). But, after my uncle checked the result, he suggested to my mother to return to the laboratory to double check it again; thinking it might be a mistake. But, it turned out the same… so, to cut the story short. She underwent treatment for “chronic leukemia”, but by medication only (leukeran- poison for white blood cells) because she refused to have bone marrow biopsy and eventually, bone marrow transplant as suggested by her oncologist. Since she is a nurse, she understand the pain and ordeal of that procedure, hence she opposed.
“But what is the meaning of leukemia? The word Leukemia comes from the Greek leukos which means "white" and aimawhich means "blood". It is cancer of the blood or bone marrow (which produces blood cells). A person who has leukemia suffers from an abnormal production of blood cells, generally leukocytes (white blood cells).
And I learned that there are different kinds of Leukemia: Chronic and Acute, Lymphocytic and Myelogenous, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) , Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia CML) “(medicalnewstoday.com/articles)
Her boss (our relative ophthalmologist) was so kind to research about her condition and re-assured her not to worry because she will live for 10 years more. And he helps by supplying her with medicine and sometimes even ordering "Leukeran medicine" from India. Aside from my uncle, her eldest sister who is a nun also sending the same.
But, the problem was we didn’t become so conscious about her diet that she was eating the wrong food. (Foods with preservatives like instant noodles, scavengers’ food like crabs and *pork products (with preservatives) like: bacon, longganisa, tocino, ham – Pork fat is a carrier of viruses and parasites like tapeworm, trichinella, etc. Certain flu viruses which are non-virulent can become virulent when combined with a bird virus in the pork flesh (* Dr. Robin B. Navarro M.D., RFP, CFP-Cellular and Biochemical dr.)
Without my family realizing that Vitamin A rich foods are what she should eat. Top sources of vitamin A include:
• Beef liver
• Egg yolk
• Cheddar cheese
• Fortified milk
Top sources of beta-carotene include:
• Sweet potato
• Spinach and collard greens
Vitamin A mostly comes from animal foods, but some plant-based foods supply beta-carotene, which your body then converts into Vitamin A. It also has antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals in the body that cause tissue and cellular damage.
She also needed badly Vitamin B rich food (energy food). And it was good she is eating some of food with good source of it. It was a big help to her to have energy and not to feel weary due to anemia because she is regularly eating oats and sweet potato that is rich in Vitamin B. As now I found out that the source of complex carbohydrate are: unpolished rice (if not available you may add wheat germ or rice bran to rice), whole wheat, potato or sweet potato or other tubers, old fashion rolled oats, raw wild honey, palm sugar.
*And Choline which is a chemical similar to the B-vitamins that serves various functions in our bodies – in the structure of cell membranes, protecting our livers from accumulating fat, as the precursor molecule for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and more. Sources are:
• Beef liver - pan-fried - 100 grams (about 3.5 oz) - 418 mg
• Whole large egg - 112 mg choline
• Beef (ground) 80% lean/20% fat - 3.5 oz patty - 81 mg
• Cauliflower - 3/4 C cooked (1" pieces) - 62 mg
• Navy beans - 1/2 C cooked - 48 mg
• Tofu - 100 grams (about 3.5 oz) - 28 mg
• Almonds - sliced - 1/2 cup - 26 mg
• Peanut butter - 2 T - 20 mg
*(Choline: Food for Thought The Role of Choline in Our Bodies and Brains By Laura Dolson, About.com Guide Updated February 24, 2007
There is recommended "adequate intake" of choline…consult medical professionals for Dietary Reference Intakes).
I also discovered through my own research that Arsenic is very good cure for patient with leukemia combined with rich Vitamins mentioned above.
You may ask… “What is Arsenic and its health benefits”?
“Arsenic is a naturally occurring element widely distributed in the earth's crust. In the environment, arsenic is combined with oxygen, chlorine, and sulfur to form inorganic arsenic compounds. Arsenic in animals and plants combines with carbon and hydrogen to form organic arsenic compounds.
The role of arsenic in the body is unknown. In animal studies, arsenic was essential for growth, development, and reproduction, possibly because of its role in the metabolism of methionine, an amino acid involved in growth. Has a "garlic" odor when burned. Stored mostly in the liver. Excreted in urine. Possible uses in the body: skin, hair, nails, thyroid gland and brain.”
(Arsenic- Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources- Acid/Alkaline :: Acid-forming- http://www.best-home-remedies.com/minerals/arsenic.htm)
And where you could find Arsenic? The answer: Water, air and soil.
. Pure Water
. Fresh air
. Soil produced food like: fruits and vegetables, the most alkaline foods
I am not recommending Arsenic that is not natural or commercially manufactured by pharmaceuticals. ( This is just my personal opinion)
Toxic Arsenic -pesticides, insecticides (via a chemical called arsenoxide), herbicides, defoliants, metal work, manufacture of glass and mirrors, tobacco smoke, dental compounds for root canal fillings. Also, breathing sawdust or burning smoke from wood treated with arsenic, living near uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, eating food, drinking water, or breathing air containing arsenic. Inorganic arsenic compounds are used to preserve wood. (http://www.best-home-remedies.com/minerals/arsenic.htm)
Take note: A person should have a clean and normal colon to have excellent absorption of all the nutrients consumption.
. Walking barefoot in soil or sand along sea shores and swimming is also very good. Why because...
“Seawater contains vital elements, vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements, amino acids and living microorganisms that can produce antibiotic and antibacterial effects to help promote a healthy immune system. Reportedly, the components of seawater, similar to human blood plasma, are easily absorbed and utilized by your body while swimming. Inhaling a sea mist filled with negatively charged ions, or molecules that attach to your lungs also boosts your immune system, according to naturopathic doctor Connie Hernandez. In addition, proponents claim that swimming in seawater opens pores in the skin to allow the absorption of sea minerals and the expulsion of disease-causing toxins from the body.”
God is so good, that HE not only gave my beloved mom 10 years but 14 years and her spirit returned to the divine creator and rest in peace in September 19, 2007!
Subsequently, because of that I became so inspired to be very conscious about food intake and to research concerning health matters. Hence, I am trying to discipline myself not to eat “junk foods” jam-packed with preservatives, canola oil, sun flower oil, corn oil processed foods like white sugar, iodized salt, canned goods, instant foods and artificial colorings etc. Including pork, scavengers food like crabs, prawn, lobsters, fish without scales ( kaliskis)
And presently, I even sell products which I found to be very beneficial to our health; natural and without preservatives.
Genesis 1:29 (New International Version, ©2011)
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
NOTE: It is still your decision what medication or treatment to seek that you think best for you!!!.
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