For some inexplicable reason, as soon as the diagnosis of cancer is made, many patients switch their diets to veggies and fruits only. Not only that, there are “Cancer Diets” and “Cures” based on strict diets of vegetarian, sugar-free, fat-free, or animal-product-free meals. Of course, fruits and vegetables are tasty and colorful additions to any meal, and you should eat them as part of your diet. But in terms of health and nutrition, fruits and vegetables have little to offer to humans. Bunnies, birds, horses and cows depend exclusively on them because their digestive systems and nutritional needs are different from ours.
Although it may seem cruel to attack the innocent veggies and fruits, the facts are these: there are 13 important vitamins for humans, and fruit is good for one of them— vitamin C. Vegetables offer also the vegetable form of the fat-soluble vitamins A and K1. However, your body will be able to absorb these only if you add some fat, such as butter or olive oil. The useful forms of vitamin A—retinol and K2—are found only in animal foods.
As for minerals, there are 16 needed in our diets and fruit is good for one of them—potassium. Deliberately consuming extra potassium is not normally necessary, since most people get plenty of potassium from their regular diets.
Vegetables are great sources of iron and calcium, but the vitamins and minerals in animal foods (meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products) are superior to those in fruits and vegetables, hands down! Vegetables contain fiber, which has been found to prevent some diseases. However, that preventative attribute isn’t acquired overnight. It takes place only after a life-long use of fiber. Your primary objective is to be strong for the treatment you are taking, so you can deal with any problems that your disease may cause, such as anemia, weight loss, or obstructions.
Plant-derived proteins are small and of poor nutritional quality, as compared with animal proteins. This is why horses and cows have to eat grass day and night to satisfy their nutritional needs. Lions, on the other hand, are carnivores; this is why in the wild, lions eat only every five or six days. We humans are, by nature, omnivores. This is ingrained in our DNA. An omnivore is an animal that derives its energy and nutrients from a diet consisting of a variety of sources, including plants (vegetables, fruits, and grains) and animal products (meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy products).
Human beings cannot choose whether or not to be omnivores; our omnivorous natures are a fact of life, so we must eat both plant and animal products to maintain our health. Hunger and malnutrition in some African countries are not caused by a lack of plant products in the diet, but rather by the almost complete absence of meat-based protein and fat.
The Diet We Need to Succeed
Whether you believe in the above or not, during the time you are in atavistic chemotherapy and Immunotherapy, we will require that you feed yourself a truly balanced diet that includes animal products (meat, chicken, fish, and broth derived from them, eggs, and dairy products) and plant products (vegetables, fruits, and grains).
Daily Activities and Exercise
If running or other physical exercise were good to recover health, our hospitals would have gym equipment in patients’ rooms rather than beds. Physical exercise is essential to having a healthy body and mind, under normal circumstances. However, your current circumstances are not normal.
Your body has a limited amount of energy to use each day. We want that energy to be focused on repairing tissues. You will be healing areas occupied by dying cancer cells. Therefore, during the first month or two, limit your activities, and rest as much as possible. Walking a little every hour will help prevent clotting deep in the veins of your legs, as well as maintain mobility, muscle tone and muscle mass. As treatment progresses, your body may start to want to do more activities. Listen, and obey what your body is telling you.
Tricks of the Mind – Panic Attacks
Anxiety and panic attacks are not uncommon in people who are suffering from serious health issues or diseases. Cancer is not the only culprit; heart attacks, car accidents, and surgeries can also cause panic attacks. You are starting a new treatment to which you are not sure how you are going to react. This, by itself, can trigger an anxiety attack. These attacks are 100% real, and what your body is feeling is real, but all of the symptoms are generated by your mind.
The phenomenon of an anxiety attack occurs when the mind becomes fixated in thinking that something catastrophic is happening, or is going to happen. The perception of physical danger can create symptoms similar to those of a heart attack. Little pains are exaggerated. Itching on the head is suddenly transformed into brain metastases. Movements of the intestines are perceived as an imminent collapse of your body. Suddenly, the heart is beating fast as hell and pounding in your chest. You cannot breathe well, your forehead and hands start to sweat, and you begin to feel dizzy, as if you are going to faint. You don’t faint, but you imagine the ambulance coming and rushing you to the hospital at high speed.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, you have had a panic attack. The good news is that panic attacks can be prevented by changing your thoughts. Learn to catch yourself when you start fantasizing about catastrophe. If you start to experience symptoms that feel like a heart attack, say out loud, “This is a panic attack.” The simple act of recognizing a panic attack for what it is takes away its power over your mind.
Drinking sweet, hot tea can help. Chamomile tea has a calming effect. Breathe deeply and regularly. Remember that the side effects of the medicines are not like a heart attack; side effects are mainly detected through careful laboratory blood tests. Tumors, when they grow, create different symptoms, not anxiety or a racing heart at night. Expel those types of ideas from your mind and substitute them with thoughts about happy moments in your life and/or images of full recovery, and doing again all the things you like to do.
Emotional Stress and Depression
Cancer is a catastrophic diagnosis for patients and their families. Positive thinking doesn’t cure it, but positive thinking and a positive attitude are needed to overcome the inconveniences caused by your disease, and to encourage compliance with your treatment.
Thinking positively is easier said than done, but there are constructive activities which promote it. Listen to audiobooks, or watch DVDs by motivational speakers and spiritual leaders. Even if you are not a religious person, you will find great solace and great motivation watching videos by pastors like Joel Osteen and Dr. Charles Stanley. Explore the Internet, YouTube and local support groups.
Long Duration of Treatment
Atavistic chemotherapy and Immunotherapy typically lasts 12 months or more. Do not be shocked or apprehensive about the long duration of therapy. The treatment of tuberculosis, leprosy, and other infectious diseases caused by unicellular microorganisms can last for years, sometimes decades. People with those diseases are happy that a treatment exists for them. Likewise, you can celebrate! Rejoice that you are fighting, not with conventional chemotherapy and radiation, but with a new, logical, scientifically sound treatment.