Well, this concludes my Summer Cancer Prevention Series of blogs. While I think that I covered what I believe to be the most important information, there is a host of information that I was unable to get to. So, I will continue to write about cancer prevention periodically and after my enlightening Interview with Charlotte Gerson will also keep up with my discoveries in Gerson Therapy. My mother in law is going to attend one of their wellness retreats in January so I will have an interview with her as well so I can share with you her experience on the full therapy for a week.
I have received questions from my readers via email and in person and I would like to take this opportunity to address them. In an effort to gain clarity I met with Marsha Anderson, the Educational Resource Specialist at the Institute, and we chatted for a bit. She was very generous to answer all of my questions to the best of her ability. Anyone who has the chance to meet this dynamo lady is one lucky ducky!
By far the most common question was, “What about sunscreen?”
In regards to sunscreen, the mainstream verdict is still a bit sketchy. With all of the research I have done and picking Marsha’s brain I have come up with a pretty common sense approach mixed with some suggestions that might surprise you.
- The regular consumption of fruits and vegetables is the absolute most important thing one can do to prevent skin cancer. If you are shocked that it is not sunscreen keep reading. Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables provides your skin with protection from the inside out and in some cases with extracts, such as that of broccoli, applied directly to the skin. I am a super fan of super foods like Spirulina and Wild Blue Green Algae, Crystal Manna and Blue Manna, for their high nutrient content. They are all natural and do not have the edgy side effects of energy pills and diet products. Not only do they supply my family’s diet with plenty of protein and vitamins that strict vegetarians need, they deliver a well rounded supply health protection which includes sun protection. I sprinkle them in our fruit and veggie juices and they blend in great. I make it fun and show my sons that the juice turns really green and we giggle at the color. In a hurry, you can add these to organic orange juice and it packs quite the energy punch. I also really like the product Pure Synergy. It is well rounded and includes dulce, which is a great form of iodine: a necessity if you do not use table salt. If you eliminate salt in your diet completely you can buy an iodine solution approved by the Gerson Institute. Their website lists their product sources but if you want to know how to get it, just contact me below and I will guide you. A Natural Medicine article asserts, “Other foods or supplements such as algae, like chlorella and spirulina, are often called superfoods for their high nutrient content. The phytochemical Astaxanthin, a component of micro algae, is becoming popular as a supplement because of its high antioxidant value. Research is still being done, but it has been shown to give protection to the skin and eyes against ultraviolet radiation.”
- Furthermore, tomatoes, green tea and carrots provide a lot of protection. Vitamins C and E reduce production of cells and existing UV damage and you can retain the best forms of these vitamins through eating the foods that contain them. Vitamin A reduces the formation of squamous cell skin cancer. According to Gary Null, Ph.D, “Large concentrations of vitamin C can be found in fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, limes, papaya, strawberries and cantaloupe. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids – the watersoluble substances that help to protect your capillaries – are found in the white linings of these and other plants. Many vegetables also pack in vitamin C including tomatoes, broccoli, green and red bell peppers, raw lettuce and other leafy greens.”
- Vitamin E is present in many foods but some of the best sources I have found are almonds, avocados, sunflower seeds, turnip and mustard greens, pine nuts, spinach, collard greens, arugula, broccoli…the list goes on and on. As you can see, a diverse diet of fruits and vegetables, including some nuts will give you plenty of protection.
- Vitamin A can be found in an array of fruits and veggies: According to Lorri Mealey who writes for Lance Armstrong’s Live Strong website, “Look no further than your local grocery store for Vitamin A in its most natural form. Vitamin A is in many foods including eggs and dairy products. However, you can get your daily allotment of Vitamin A without the cholesterol, fat and added calories with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A is found in carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, squash, cantaloupe, apricots, broccoli and spinach, just to name a few. The general rule is that the deeper the color, the more Vitamin A a food contains.”
- Now let us talk about sunscreen. Research is increasingly showing that the chemicals in our body products are most likely causing our ecological systems a lot of damage. I like to think of it like this: anything you put on your body should be of food grade quality. Your body absorbs it just the same as if you were eating it so you should take just as much care when considering what you put on your body as you would put into it via your mouth! Marsha shared with me that many of the sunscreen products actually become carcinogenic when exposed to the sun. When you add to that the fact that most people hold onto their sunscreen for too long, it sits in hot cars or beach bags and becomes more and more toxic. The waterproof kinds are even more hideous because they are locked into your skin. The ladies at The Gerson Institute recommended that the Aubrey Organics brand as a good option if you are going to be out in full sun for a long time. But it is wise for you to consider some other options.
- Here is where common sense comes in. Where a wide brim hat when out in full mid-day sun or find some shade. The sun is important and provides us with natural Vitamin D so exposure is not bad if it is done smart and with ritual. Natalia Rose, intelligent clinical nutritionist, recommends, “…sun-bathing (no oils or SPF, ideally nude in the sun’s mid-morning rays,)” in her blog and in many of her books. The idea is that you take advantage of the sun’s healing and energizing abilities early in the day before it gets to its peak. If you are particularly sun sensitive then stick to the earliest and latest sun exposure and make sure you do it daily. It actually activates all of the beautiful Vitamins you are getting from your food when you follow a plant based diet.
- You see, I happen to believe that we have been given the most amazing gift as humans and when we abuse it with harmful foods (anything not plant based,) negative lifestyle and reckless living we interrupt the arc of health that is automatically provided to us. We have the free will to decide where we want our health on this earth to be. It is no others’ hands but our own. How ridiculous does it seem to think that we need to buy oodles of tubes of cream to apply before it goes bad all over our bodies when we can just put a bit of conscious thought into our daily activities and be responsible? If you are wondering now about whether or not I use sunscreen I will tell you with complete affirmation, “No.” I do not apply it to my children either. That is my personal conviction. Do your own research and what your intuition tells you is right.
I have had some write me with questions about Althziemers treatment suggestions and how to deal with patients on chemotherapy. These things a very far outside of my league and I do not feel comfortable making suggestions to my readers regarding such serious topics. I can only refer you to Healing the Gerson Way so you can make your own informed decision. I will say that the Gerson therapy has high degrees of success with most degenerative diseases and many maladies that one might not think it would help. It treats the toxicity and deficiency that creates disease. I can only defer your questions in matters as such to their website: www.gerson.org and recommend that you call their toll free number with any questions you have: (800) 838.2256 The ladies who answer the phone are VERY knowledgeable and can assist you far better than I ever could. I am merely using their technique as a guideline to living healthy for life preservation and the avoidance of getting into a deathly situation where one faces the treatment as a life saving effort. I am trying to guide my readers the best I can to help them see the possibility of living clean and not building toxicity upon deficiency. There are other holistic or alternative treatments out there but my belief is that the Gerson Institute is the best start. It not only treats and heals but it prepares the body and mind for the lifestyle we should all be tending to anyway and gives a true and scientific prescription for healthy living.
Another question has been about what type of water we should be drinking:
- The Gerson Institute does not require water drinking because the patients ingest so much fresh fruit and vegetable juice that they are well hydrated. The suggest using distilled or reverse osmosis water for brewing tea and anything else you might need it for.
- Natalia Rose, as mentioned above, also asserts that we do not have to drink much water when we are eating water filled foods. She continues to explain that if we eat organic fruits and vegetables and drink their juices we are receiving the most pure and organic form of water that is available. It has all of the nutrients we need because it comes straight from the vine.
- I, personally, follow this practice that they both suggest. Except, I am very active and right after yoga or running I will drink some distilled water to quench my thirst quickly. Otherwise, I have no need for it. Most of the meals I prepare are raw and do not need to be cooked in water. If they do, I use a bit of distilled water. I use distilled for everything now and do not bother with mineral water. Some disagree with this but I have found it to work great for me and my family. It works for brewed or sun teas.
- The idea here, and you will see that it is common running theme in my writings, is that we begin to move back toward the most natural way of living possible. Distilled water is the closest to rain water there is. If you find yourself with the option of mineral water I am not suggesting you shun it. I am not a purest: just merely suggesting ways that one can purify their consumption to the best of their abilities.
I have a couple more questions that I will get to in: That’s a Wrap! Part 2. I am also still fielding questions so please do not hesitate to send them to me in the box below. I will do my best to answer them for you or guide you somewhere that can I think can do better than I. This will in most cases be either the Gerson Institute, their publications and events or Natalia Rose’s Detox website, books and events.
Be sure to tune into That’s a Wrap! Part 2, later this week. I will describe a bit more in detail the Institute itself. Visiting their facility is quite fascinating and I will detail some opportunities my readers have for their own Gerson experience!
Love and light,