Picture this: You’ve got a booklet of papers you need to copy. You go to the copy machine, press the buttons, and walk away expecting that when you come back you’ll have 200 collated copies of your booklet. When you get back you realize there was a glitch in the settings and now you’ve got a whole stack of just the cover sheet. On top of that, there is a blemish on every single copy so they can’t even be used. If you’d been standing there, you would have noticed and fixed it right away. That’s what happens with cancer. A cell gets misprinted and makes a bunch of copies that don’t work right. Everybody has cancer cells in their bodies. Usually though, the immune system is right there and handles it right away. But, if the immune system is distracted by another illness or weakened by chemicals, lack of nutrition, or something else, then it’s as if it just walked away, not noticing that a bad copy keeps running. That stack of blemished cover sheets is a tumor.
Why am I fixated on this at 3:47 AM? I don’t know. This is outside of the stuff I normally post on this website. But, since everyone knows someone who has cancer or had cancer or died from cancer or is worried about getting cancer, I’m sure that there will be something helpful if you read on.
The illustration above shows us that cancer is not a body at war with itself, it is due to an immune system that is overburdened and needs some support.
Knowing that, I’m just going to say that the treatments for cancer could be improved upon. In my personal experience, it was the treatment, not that cancer that the ones I love finally succumbed to. But, everyone (except that one doctor) did the best that they knew how to do. I just hope that, in the future, there will be better options.
As a family member of someone who had cancer, I know that cancer can make you feel very out of control. All the options suck. So what can you do? I would say, focus on the one thing you can control: diet.
If you have a child with cancer, you probably think I’m out of my mind to say that you can control diet. I have never had a child with cancer, so I don’t have the personal experience of pleading with God that my little one will eat. But I do know that if you want to help you child, you’ve got a lot of power when it comes to food choices.
Research shows that there are a lot of good foods that can help nourish the immune system and digestive system. The book Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life* by David Servan-Schreiber has a lot of good info on that. Kris Carr also has an amazing story and some books that focus on diet. But what I’m fixated on this morning is sugar.
From the perspective of the medical doctors, and most parents, sugar is great! It’s got a lot of calories and most kids will eat it. To them, all calories are the same, and for a kid who is undergoing treatments for cancer, the more calories the better. Plus, sugar makes us feel better when we’re down, right?!
To a point, it does make sense! In Chinese medicine, the sweet taste is good for giving the digestive system a little boost. The digestive system of someone who is on chemo definitely requires a boost. But, Chinese medicine would also suggest that someone who is experiencing that level of toxicity would need warm, nourishing, bland foods (that can be sweetened with a little cooked fruit or honey rather than white sugar or corn syrup). Look up congee and jook for some recipes.
Sugar also creates inflammation and suppresses the immune system. In our house, we know we’ve got a bug coming on when we’re craving sugar. “Don’t feed the phagocytes!” We believe that the virus would prefer the phagocytes to fill up on sugar rather than on them. (A very simplistic view of how the immune system works, but good enough to make choices to support our immune system rather than support the bug!) The same would go for someone who’s got cancer. You want to support the immune system, not distract it with sugar, especially if the majority of the immune system has also been taken out by the cancer treatment.
What about saccharin or NutraSweet (aspartame)? The last time I looked at the research (a long time ago), these chemicals caused cancer in rats. But this only happened when they were eating excessive amounts - more than anyone could eat in a day - all day every day. People typically eat more than just packets of sweetener during the day and someone under chemo is not probably not going to feel like eating that equivalent of that much of anything. But, those sweeteners are chemicals. Chemicals also suppress the immune system. I would definitely stay away from those too.
So, what’s the take-away for someone who has cancer or would like to prevent it?
Stay away from sugar and corn syrup, especially if your immune system is taxed.
Reduce exposure to chemicals, including sweeteners.
Do things to support your immune system (especially with diet).
Do things to support your digestive system which will also support your immune system.
I once saw a child who looked about five or six but was probably about ten. She was very obviously going through chemo. She was sitting outside of a coffee shop drinking one of those sugary frozen drinks. It broke my heart. The fact that she was sick didn’t break my heart. I feel that we want to learn certain things when we come to earth and so we choose certain hardships to learn from. I believe that everyone involved with that child agreed, on a soul level, to learn from that child and her experience. It broke my heart that the adult with that child thought he was doing something good for her. He didn’t know any better. Now you do.
Best wishes on your journey!
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