Blog #10

A Pet/CT Scan (Positron Emission Tomography)/(Computed Tomography) is a precise tool to detect and diagnose cancer, heart disease, or neurological diseases.  This kind of scan with the Pet and CT scan combined is an efficient tool in detecting cancer, two tools in one machine.

It is very important to eat the right foods, and to drink water  to detox the radiation out of your body.  Your doctor will give you a detailed check list of what you should do before receiving a Pet Scan.  The most important thing to do the day before is:

1.  Do not consume any SUGAR – also anything that can turn into sugar like, potatoes, rice, pasta, crackers, pretzels, etc.  Stay away from carbs.  Sugar is the primary food for cancer, when you omit the sugar you are starving the cancer cells.  One hour before your scan they will give you a contrast drink (Radioactive sugar), and the hungry cancer cells will attack the sugar and  the scan can pin point where the cancer is in your body.

2.  Eat a healthy high protein meal with lots of veggies

3.  Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water the day before and the day of your scan, by doing this the radiologist can better see what’s going on inside of your body.

4.  Wear comfortable, light weight clothing because you are going to have to lie still for 15-30 minutes.  If you move they may have to do the whole scan over, and you don’t want to risk getting more radiation then you bargained for.

5.  If you are claustrophobic, smell the sent vanilla, or Lavendar it can calm your nerves, do some deep breathing, close your eyes when your head is about to go in the scanner, think of something nice that can distract you.

6.  Don’t wear anything with metal in it, like a zipper or hair clips or and under wire bra.

7.  Ask the radiologist if they can pipe music in, and ask them for a count down to when you are almost done. Or you can ask if you can bring your cell phone in and play your own relaxing, calming music. When I go, my radiologist Scott, rolls in a table and puts my phone on that. I hope that everyone has a person like Scott when a Pet or Cat scan is needed, he is such a kind, caring guy!! Music can always heal your soul!

8.  Make sure that you are comfortable because you are going to have to lie still and you don’t want parts of your body falling asleep or in pain.

9.  Be prepared to be there for about 2 hours.


1.  Do not go or eat in public places, you are radioactive!  Stay away from pregnant people and children.

2.  Wash the clothes that your wore to the scan.

3.  Take a thorough shower

4.  Drink lots of water to flush the radiation out of your body

5.  Rest, you may feel light headed or nauseous


Apples – They are high in pectin, they can bind radioactive residues and remove them from the body.  Oranges and plums also contain pectin, but if you are fighting cancer, lay off of the oranges or use them in small quantities due to acid.

Foods that are rich in Chlorophyll –  it is used by plants to convert sunlight into energy.  Leafy greens, celery, parsley, bean sprouts and wheatgrass to name a few.  Spirlina and alfalfa can decrease radiation toxicity.

Garlic – It is high in sulfur, protects red blood cells from radiation.

Bee Pollen – Can reduce side effects.

Beets – Can rebuild hemoglobin after exposure to radiation and it cleans your blood.

Some more foods are:  Brown rice, kelp, seaweed, miso, rosemary, onions, ginger, and broccoli.

I hope that this information has helped anyone that has to have a scan.

Take care of your body and it will take care of you!





Blog #8

We all have to move our bodies everyday to live a better life.  Sitting around eating junk food is not the answer, especially when you are fighting a disease.  You need a strong immune system to beat the odds.

When you exercise you feel better about yourself, and your life becomes enriched.  You have a better outlook on life.  Sometimes, it’s hard to mentally and physically start an exercise program.  You may feel intimidated to walk into a gym, you may not know how to use the machines or even afraid.  Twenty years ago, I was the one that felt scared and unsure of myself, you have to start somewhere.  You just have to go for the “Gusto” and just do it, you can talk to a trainer or the exercise room attendant.  They would be glad to help you out, my gym offers a free 30 minute orientation for new members to teach them how to use the machines.  New members are often relieved that we do this and they are thankful.  In reality, other people are going to be focused on what they are doing and not what you are doing.


1.  Join a gym that you feel comfortable in, like your local YMCA or gym.

2.  If you are a woman and find it uncomfortable to exercise in front of men, you can join an all female gym.

3.  Start a workout program with a friend, you can rely on each other for support, motivation, and to be accountable.

4.  While you are working out, think of the specific muscle that you are working on.

5.  Make time for yourself, stop making excuses, the more you make the farther you push the gym away.

6.  Start slow, you can get a personal trainer to show you the ropes, or ask a friend that is an avid “Gym Goer” to help you get aquainted with the gym.

7.  Join a support group, this is a great if you need motivation to get started.

8.  Buy a book or check one out of the library on how to exercise or about the human body.  It is easier to workout when you know the different parts of the body, specifically the muscle groups.  It is a mind-muscle connection, when you visualize what part you are working out it is very effective.  By doing this, something great happens, *YOU START BELIEVING IN YOURSELF!

9.  If you can’t afford to join a gym or you just don’t want to, you can put together an inexpensive home gym.  Even though, I work at a gym, I exercise at home.  I have been doing it for years and love the fact that I can just wake up, throw on some clothes and not have to leave the house.  That’s what I prefer, some people may need other people to get them going.

10.  The 10th tip is – Just go into a gym and get STARTED!  Only you are holding yourself back!


1.  Buy some comfortable clothing made to workout in.

2.  Buy some 2lb weights to start out and work yourself up to a 5, then 8 lb weights and up.  You can also buy weighted gloves.

3.  Buy some exercise DVD’S that interest you, I love Denise Austin, Cathe Friedrich, Jari Love, and Jackie Warner.  These powerful women, I think are the best in their industry, they will motivate, push, and inspire you to get the body that you desire.  Pick the workouts that interest you, the ones that you will have fun with.  There are so many DVD’s on the market, kickboxing, yoga, aerobics, dancing, weight lifting, etc.  The key is to do a variety of exercise to keep your metabolism working.  Over time, if you continue to always do the same exercises over and over, you won’t make any more changes.  That is why, it is a great idea to mix it up.

4.  Buy some bands, this is a different alternative to weights and they will work your muscles in a different way.   Purchase a good exercise matt, and a step if you intend on doing step exercises.  I would not recommend a step if you have knee problems.

5.  Work out at least 3 days per week, mix up your exercises.

6.  Eat a clean diet, when you eat right and exercise you will be amazed at the results that you can achieve!

7.  Don’t push yourself too far, you can end up injuring yourself!  I have done this a couple of times and it was not worth the pain and suffering and not to mention the time that I lost exercising because I had to heal.

8.  Exercise with a friend, it can be at your house or their house.

9.  Just have fun, the more you exercise, the better you will feel and look!

It has taken me 45 years to realize that it dosen’t matter what other people think about me.  It is only THEIR opinion, it is what you think about yourself what really counts.  Nobody likes to be made fun of or left out.  Associate with people that lift your spirits up,  someone who will motivate and inspire you to reach new heights.  You will be a much happier individual without negative people controlling your life.  Do what makes YOU happy!

Be kind to yourself and rewind the years, instead of fast forwarding your own illnesses.

“Be committed to your health and well being, YOU are the only one that has complete control over YOU“!



How To Get More Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet

Are you having difficulty getting the proper amount of fruits and veggies into your diet everyday?  Are you certain the foods that you eat contain the proper nutrients to sustain a healthy lifestyle?

These days we are not even getting close to the recommended servings per day.  It’s also hard to buy and eat all of those servings.  The amount that you would have to buy would be expensive, hard to eat and spoil.  Our society is becoming more and more malnourished because of processed, packaged, canned and chemical, preservative filled foods.  We have to protect our immune systems, to make them strong to fend off diseases and disorders.

I am thankful and grateful that I feel young, healthy and vibrant and so can you!  Please e-mail me at if you would like to find out how an adult can get 17 fruits and veggies and how a child can get about 9 servings per day.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle to live a longer, more active life!



How To Live A Cancer Free Life

Blog #7

Everyone has cancer cells in their bodies, it’s how you use your body and what you put into it!  It has a lot to do with your emotions too.  When you hold onto anger and resentment, that is a sure way to get some kind of illness, specifically cancer.  It all has to do with how strong your immune system is and if you can maintain a positive attitude.  When you have  a “Doom and Gloom” attitude, your body, mind, and soul believes that you will die from cancer.  Before I found out that I had cancer, I kept my anger and frustration in, it festered until I got chest pains.  It felt like I had no reprieve, I went on like this for years.  Cancer was my “Wake-Up Call”   Like I said in my previous blogs, I had the mindset that I was going to beat cancer and maintain a Healthy, Positive lifestyle, that’s exactly what I did and do everyday until it’s my time to leave this earth.  You can do it too!  It takes time and hard work, but your life is well worth it!  I used conventional Western medicine with alternative medicine, I believe that we can heal our bodies from the inside out.

When you have cancer or are trying to prevent cancer, you must keep your body from becoming inflamed.  Cancer cells need to produce inflammation to sustain their growth.  When inflammation occurs, they infiltrate neighboring tissues, get into the bloodstream, and starts to  grow and spread.  When you feel continusly helpless, your body produces a hormone called noradrenaline (known as the fight or flight hormone) and cortisol, the stress hormone.  These hormones prepare the body for a potential wound by stimulating inflammation to repair tissues. To fight inflammation, most people would grab an anti-inflamatory  medication, it may work to reduce the inflammation, but there are side effects from that certain drug.  The best way to fight inflammation is to:  Adopt aMediterranean diet, eat Indian  and Asian cuisines. The Asian and Indian cuisines contain the spices Turmeric, and Curry in most of their foods.  Use Olive oil, flaxseed oil, eat fatty fish, rich in omega-3, omega-3 eggs, maintain a positive attitude, with joy and peace in your life, walk 3 times per week.

These are things that cause inflammation:  Eating a diet of refined sugars and white  flour, red meat from industrially raised animals, oils rich in omega-6 (corn, sunflower, safflower oils), holding on to anger or despair, less than twenty minutes of physical activity a day, and pollution and pollutants in the home.  All this said:  Here are some very important life saving changes that you can start today!

To Protect Yourself

* Avoid Chemicals as much as you can

*Air out your dry-cleaned clothing – now they have “Green” dry cleaners that don’t use chemicals

*Avoid pesticides and insecticides

*Avoid cleaners with chemicals – you can make your own cleaners out of baking soda, white vinegar, etc.

*Look for shampoos and conditioners with natural ingredients

*Buy natural make-up, have you ever tried to read the ingredients in lipstick?  I can hardly pronounce the words, look for jojoba oils, olive oil, etc.

*Avoid  buying products with chemicals that you put on your body, and in your body

*Avoid Teflon pans, they peel and scratch and the coating goes into your food.  The best thing to use is Stainless steel pans.  I had to get used to cooking with stainless steel without burning my food.

I try to use all natural products everyday, it can be expensive at first, but the supermarkets and drug stores have started selling the natural products.  I am hoping that one day, it will be the norm to have only natural products in the stores.

Protecting Your Diet

*Eat grass-fed organic animal products:

Meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, omega 3 eggs

*Reduce your intake of sugar, white flour, trans fats

*Start eating more fruits and veggies – wash them with a product called “Veggie Wash” if it is not organic

*Drink filtered water, you can use a carbon filter

Increase Your Activity

*Get 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity per day, you can walk, ride a bike, lift weights, etc.  Even house cleaning burns calories.

Practice a method of relaxation such as Yoga, Qigong, tai chi, and whatever relaxes you.  Everyone needs time for themselves.  Even if it is only 5 minutes of quiet that’s great!

Accept Yourself

*Love yourself for who you are, love others for who they are

*Use your emotions, even if it is being happy, sad, or mad, we must get it out.  Holding onto anything is bad, I am still working on this and everyday and improving.

*Find a friend that you can talk your problems out, someone that will listen

*Laugh, laughter is good medicine, it makes you feel good.  (Watch a funny movie with someone that you love and laugh together).

Like I always say, start everything slow, go at your own pace, the more you do, the farther you will get!




Blog #6

Human beings have a different thought every 1.2 seconds, that is amazing!  Most people don’t even realize that a lot of those thoughts are negative.  We all have self talk, a great example would be if someone complimented you on your figure and you told them, “Thanks, but I look huge today”  Years ago, I could not take a compliment, they would say something positive to me and I would say something negative back.  I had to retrain myself from automatically thinking or saying a criticizing remark.

That was one of the steps that I took to heal cancer, instead of saying, “Poor me, or Why me”  I said, “I am here to stay in a new way”  I was ready to fight a war that I knew that I was going to win.  I started to visualize myself looking and feeling healthy and full of life.  I smiled everyday, even though I was in pain, I had a deep desire to live and fight!

I re-invented myself, I dusted myself off and woke up!  When something bad happens in your life, you can’t go back and erase it.  You have to keep moving forward and don’t look back.  Stop replaying it over and over again, causing undue emotional stress.  When you keep that visious cycle going, that emotional stress turns into physical stress, then it may turn into a disease or some other illness.  We must keep our minds clear of negative “Mental Clutter”

Keeping a positive attitude is so important for human growth, it’s good for your soul!  Try to smile a couple of times a day, even though you may not want to.  By doing this, it will become a good habit and you will find yourself smiling all of the time.  All of my life my nickname was and still is “smiley”, I have smiled myself through life!  In fact, you will attract happy, positive people into your lives.  “Like attracts Like”, did you ever notice that when you are in a bad mood, the rest of your day falls apart?  If you are constantly complaining, you bring other people down and attract more negative people into your life.  When you continue to have conflicts with other people, you actually hate something about yourself and you put that hatred and anger on other people.  That’s why it is so important o love who and what you are, when you love yourself, you can love others.  Deep down we are all fragile beings.  Some people may have a hard exterior, but on the inside they are like a delicate flower.


*Thank God for your life

*Be Grateful, Thankful, and Gracious

*Start a Gratitude Journal

*Use positive affirmations – you can say “My body is healthy, whole and complete” or “I love life and life loves me”  I say this one almost everyday.  Say whatever makes you feel good, you can write it on a card and put it where you will see it everyday.

*Hang around other positive people, their positive vibes will rub off on you.  It’s the same if you hang around someone that eats right and exercises, in time you will want to do the same

*Do something nice for someone else


*Think about people, pets or things that you love

When I was going through my troubles, I knew deep down in my heart that I was going to beat it.  I knew that I was transforming myself.  I remember when I had to endure very painful procedures, I would tell the nurse that, before they started, that I had to go to my “Quiet Place”  They always looked at me as if I were crazy.  I would visualize myself on a sandy white beach, the palm trees swayed in the gentle breeze.  I could almost smell the salty ocean and feel the warm sun on my face.  When I did this, I said to myself, “I feel no pain”  it actually worked!  I either felt no pain or less pain then I was expected to feel.

Our bodies are so strongly connected to our minds!  I know that some of you may think that this may sound  strange, but it worked for me.  I changed the way I thought and it saved my life!  When you have negative thoughts or affirmations, your body becomes stiff and acidic.  Also holding onto anger and self pity is terrible for you.  I used to hold grudges and hold my emotions in, I would end up with chest pains.  It has taken me years to finally realize that holding in my negative emotions was killing me.  Forgiveness will set you free, when you forgive it feels like a brick has been lifted off of your chest.  “Let love in your life and your life will change”

When you eat a healthy diet, you are more inclined to have a positive attitude, due to the fact that you feel good most of the time.

“When your mind and body feel good, you feel good”

“I wish all of you, Love, Joy, Peace, and a Positive outlook”!


If you would like a great site to use guided Imagery, Glenda Cedarleaf has CD’s designed for people with illnesses like cancer, Lyme disease, and more.  Here are the links:

Glenda Cedarleaf




Blog #5

People may think that spices are only good for adding to food, but some of them do so much more.  Turmeric is one of the cancer fighters that I use on my food everyday!  It adds flavor while putting a sucker punch on cancer.

Turmeric is a common spice also known as saffron, it is in the Curry family.  It is rich in curcumin, this is what combats cancer.  It has been shown to inhibit tumors of the skin, colon, and breast.  Also, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, making it an awesome wrinkle fighter.  *Turmeric is safe when used as a spice, but if you are taking it in supplement form, do not use when you are pregnant, have gallstones, (it stimulates the gallbladder), and ulcers.  Also, it should be used in caution by anyone taking anti-coagulant medications, with blood disorders, or for anyone recovering from or contemplating surgery. (Turmeric and garlic can slow clotting time).

I add turmeric and curry in stir fries, beans and soups, it leaves a nice flavor, but too much can leave a bitter taste.

“Never be afraid to try new spices, they can spice up your life”

Eat Right For your Life,



Blog #4

After you eat a meal, do you feel bloated and uncomfortable?  I used to feel like that all of the time until I found out that I was mis-combining my foods.  What happens is when you eat a protein with a carbohydrate, the carb digests quickly and the protein will digest much slower.  When you eat proteins (meat, poultry, cheese, fish, eggs, milk, nuts) they produce acid juices for their digestion.  When you have carbs like bread, pasta, cereals, flour, biscuits, etc. and starchy vegetables such as potatoes, yams and sweet corn, they digest quickly and require different enzymes to proteins.

When you eat them together, the competing enzymes and digestive juices will fight and neutralize each other.  The result is that food doesn’t get digested properly and rots inside the gut, causing gas, bloating, heartburn, stomach pains, indigestion and drained energy.  When I miscombined, I had all of these symptoms.  Now, I just have to work on the over eating!

Salads, non-starchy vegetables, roots, seeds, herbs, spices, these can be combined with the protein group or with the carb group.  Fruit should be eaten on it’s own, it digests at the fastest rate.

There should be 4 groups:

Group 1 Proteins – Cheese, Eggs, Nuts, Fish, Meat, Milk, Poultry, Shellfish, Soybeans, tofu, and Yogurt.

Group 2 – Carbohydrates – Grains, including oats, pasta, rice, rye, millet, grain products, cookies, bread, cakes, crackers and pastry, honey, maple syrup, potatoes and starchy vegetables, sugar and sweets.

Group 3 – Non-Starchy Vegetables – Salads and fresh herbs, seeds, butter, cream, spreading fats like Olive oil (cold pressed), Herbs, spices and seasonings.

Group 4 – All Fruit



Grain with dairy or meat = Gas

Fruit with veggies = Gas

Fruit with meats = Gas

Fruit with grain or dairy = Gas


Fruit by itself = Proper digestion

Grain with vegetables = no gas

Pasta with vegetables = no gas

Beans with vegetables = no gas

Fish or meat with vegetables = no gas

Pulses/beans and grains = no gas

*Beans have a mixture of starch and protein which may seem to be a problem, but starch is dominant in most beans with the exception of soy and navy beans.  You can combine most beans with grains as well as salads and veggies.

Fruit must always be eaten on it’s own, especially on an empty stomach.  If not on an empty stomach, then at least 30 minutes away from other food groups.  If you eat fruit after a meal, it just gets stuck behind all of the other food that takes longer to digest, so it will ferment in the gut.  Thats when you can expect the bloating, gas, and indigestion.

*Never mix melons with other fruits, they digest the fastest!

Leave 2 hours after a carbohydrate meal before eating protein.  Leave 3 hours after a protein meal before eating carbs.  Protein takes 4 hours to reach the bowel, and carbs take 2 hours from mouth to bowel.

I have been eating like this for about 5 years and it was difficult.  It takes time and practice, it is easy to slip up.  But when you do, you will feel better!

When food combining is done properly, you will:

*Help your body to burn fat more efficiently

*Ensure the maximum absorption of nutirents, enzymes and proteins

*Prevent burping, bloating, gas and indigestion

*Generally correct or prevent most issues connected with obesity

When you combine everything, you will:

*Make complete digestion impossible

*Upset digestive enzymes

*Prevent nutrient uptake

*Risk a host of ills, including bloating, heartburn, indigestion, malabsorption, constipation, cramps, irritable bowl syndrome, and gas.

When you combine the right foods together, it gives your body a chance to break down the food effectively.  When you miscombine, your body is always working hard digesting.  A great perk that comes along with good food combining is that when the body is not over worked, it allows the body to burn fat efficiently.  When your body holds on to undigested food, it gets turned into fat balls of toxins and celluite.  We all know how hard it is to get rid of  pesky celluite!

I went through it, I always wandered why I had stomach pain, heart burn, and bloating after eating.  After I stopped mis-combining the pain went away.

Some information has been taken from the book “You Are What You Eat” By, Dr. Gillian McKeith

“Life is too short to waste it eating junk, feed it right and your body will treat you right”



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