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Why I don’t support the annual “break cancer” week

This is the story about my mother who died of cancer last year and how her story changed my perception on cancer, health and life. My mothers story is important, and like every other sad stories, it deserves to be heard so others might find inspiration. But before I get into that, let me lead up to it by sharing why I feel motivated to write this story.

Break cancer week

A few weeks ago, Denmark had it’s annual “break cancer” week. During this week, money is collected to support “Kræftens Bekæmpelse” which is a Danish organization that supports cancer research, patient support and prevention research. Most of the money, according to their website, goes to treatment related research. It’s all good intentions.

Why I’m reluctant to support it with my money

But I’m reluctant to support them with my money, because I’m not convinced that what they are doing is worth supporting. I’m not sure they will ever find what they are looking for with the binoculars they are looking through.

They are looking through the binoculars called medical science, with all the pros and cons that comes with it. I’m also not convinced that the truth, or some version closer to the truth, isn’t already out there, already found by a different field, and just waiting to be acknowledged.

Ever since I was a child, I have been a skeptic and a truth seeker. I often find something off with the system we live in today because I hope for a better tomorrow. I have learned to feel and trust my intuition, and my intuition is telling me that something is off with the healthcare system and the way medical science understand and treat cancer. I can’t say for sure what it is, but I feel like something is off. I’ll wrap this up later in the post, but now I’m going to address my mothers cancer story.

My mother who died from cancer 

My mother died from cancer last year. It broke my heart into a million pieces and it still isn’t completely healed. I’m not sure it ever will, or that I even want it to. I want to remember her life with love and with acknowledgement of the sadness I feel from her story. The sadness is a big motivation for me to help other people to feel motivated and inspired to take responsibility of their own health before it goes wrong.

My mother was only 55 years and full of hope, life and party until cancer took that away from her.

My mother had cancer in her gall bladder. It’s a rare type of cancer with a low survival rate. However, we didn’t know this until after she died. The doctors couldn’t operate the tumor out, but they told her she had great chances because she was young and positive. She received chemotherapy, and for a while everything looked good. The tumor was reducing and the cancer activity reduced as well. It was almost down to normal cancer activity rate.

Everything was suggesting that she would survive. She was responding well to the treatment and she barely felt any side effects. She just needed another round of chemo to reduce to tumor and the cancer activity a bit more. So she took another round of chemo, because she had complete faith in the treatment that was recommended to her by the doctors. 

After this, they still said that she need more treatment, but that they couldn’t give her anymore chemo for now, because chemo is toxic for the body. They put her on the waiting list for a new type of immunotherapy they expected to arrive in February 2017, and until then she just had to wait. After waiting for 3 month she got worried and asked if it was okay for her to go this long without any treatment at all. The doctor she spoke with, didn’t think so and put her back on chemotherapy right away.

This time she started to get worse. Turned out the chemo had stopped working and the tumor started to grow again. The new type of immunotherapy didn’t arrive in February, and in April the doctors told her that that she was terminal, and one month after this she died.

After she died, the doctors told my father, that they knew all along that she never stood a chance. No one ever survives that kind of cancer without an operation, but they wanted her to stay positive and enjoy the rest of her life, so therefore they lied. 

I must say, I had mixed feelings about this message. On the one hand I would have been devastated to know my mum wouldn’t make it and live in that reality for almost two years. On the other hand, I feel like they robbed her and us the motivation to look for alternative treatment. By the time she was declared terminal, it was too late to focus to getting alternative treatment on the side. Her body was broken from the cancer and the chemo.

I don’t blame the doctors. They were doing what they believed was for the best, and what they are taught to do by the system. But I think it’s unethical to withhold information like that, and I don’t think deciding that it’s best for her not to know, is their decision to make.

My thought about her story

The point of this story isn’t to tell you some revealing “truth”, because the only truth I have is that I don’t know for sure what the truth is.

But there are so many options for alternative treatment out there. If the doctors knew that they could only offer a bit extra time, why not encourage her to try something else on the side? If she didn’t stand a change, she had nothing to lose by trying something else as well.

She said on several occasions that she wasn’t ready to die, and she would do whatever it took. Unfortunately, she trusted the doctors when they told her that chemotherapy was enough and her chances were great.

As I said, I don’t have the answers about cancer and chemo,  and I have made peace with my mothers story. But I do have suspicions that the treatment isn’t as efficient as it seems and that it reduce the quality of the rest of the cancer patients life.

All I know is that money is poured into research and has been for years, and yet more and more people get cancer, and there are still many people who dies. I also know that there are alternatives out there. I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t get traditional treatment. I think everyone should do what feels right to them. I’m only offering my personal point of view.

The alternative “treatment” I found since her death, that resonate with me

The alternative treatment that resonated the most with me when I looked in to it was:

> Dr. Robert Morse, Naturopath and Biochemist who doesn´t see cancer as a disease, but more as a symptom of acidosis. A condition that develops during a lifestyle overloaded with acid forming foods like animal products, grains and cooked food in general + a stressful lifestyle and toxic beauty products. According to himself his clients has success with his “treatment” protocol containing fruits and herbs. 

> Anthony Williams, Medical Medium. He claims that diseases happens when both pathogens (virus, bacteria and parasites) and negative or even traumatic emotions are present in the body.

This is not a sales pitch, so I won’t get into further details. I encourage you to look into it yourself and get educated on the options out there. But I will tell you the essence of their “treatment”. It’s something they both have in common, which is they both claim that diet is the key.

My throughs on alternative vs. mainstream treatment

As I said, I don’t have the truth. I only have their word that their clients see results. I haven’t seen it myself. But what they say resonates with me, because they address what they believe is the root cause. It HAS been seen before that sick people live longer than expected when they change their diet radically. I wish that more cancer research would find out if healthy and nutritious eating during treatment would increase survival rate and the quality of the patients life, instead of recommending patients to eat the very same unhealthy food that increased the risk of cancer to begin with. This allows people to make educated decisions, even if they choose to eat processed and unhealthy food to maintain their weight through the nausea and sickness. 

A cancer survivor is someone who is still alive 5 years after the diagnosis. It doesn’t matter if the person dies of cancer a week after the 5-year mark, or from any illness caused by a weakened body after receiving chemotherapy. Basically your considered a survivor if you have a heart that beats. You don’t need to be well and thriving to be considered a cancer survivor. This is an important aspect to me. 

My personal opinion is this: If my chances of survival from standard medicine is low, and the quality of my life up until my death is decreased compared to my life before the diagnosis, and I have no guarantee that I wont die from cancer or the consequences of chemo IF I make it to the “5 year survival rate”, I would take my chances with the alternative treatment (fruits and vegetables).  

Wrapping up

About 1 out of 3 people get cancer. It’s important to me to feel like I have knowledge enough about my options to make educated decisions. I wish most of my “knowledge” didn’t come from personal stories and my intuition. I wish medical science would take the personal stories seriously and use more ressources on researching this “alternative treatment”, so that EVERYTHING that works at least as well as chemotherapy can be accessible in the mainstream healthcare system as well.  A new perspective is something I would definitely support with my money. All options should be transparent. Maybe this is possible in the future <3

But first, I will try my best to prevent cancer through a healthy plant-based diet and an active and as stress free lifestyle as possible. One thing I do know that science agree on is that a plant-based diet contains plenty of cancer preventing components, like fibers and phytochemicals. The more plants, the better!

Thank you for reading this!

Love,

Katrine

Why choose dairy when you can have kale?

In this article I want to share why I believe that kale (and other plant-based calcium sources) is a better option than dairy when it comes to calcium. This argument is actually the reason why I always choose plant-based options instead of animal products as the source of my nutrients. But first, let me paint a picture for you. 

You get an offer to choose between two jobs. They pay the same and you’ll do the same. But there are differences in the work environment:

Job 1:

  • Paid break-time.
  • Paid overtime.
  • Exercise during work hours.
  • Great healthcare plan.
  • Social events after work.
  • Buttom up management (You get influence on how to solve your work assignments. It doesn’t matter how they get done, it matters that you get it done)
  • You get to come and go when it fits into your life. The most important thing is that you get your job done, and not when you do it.

 

Job 2:

  • No paid breaks.
  • No paid overtime (But you are expected to do it).
  • Bad chairs and tables. Your head hurts every time you leave work.
  • No social events after work.
  • No health care plan.
  • Top down management (The bosses are telling you how to do your job, even though you have know how to make your work assignment easier.
  • You have to work everyday between 8 am and 4 pm. Your free time has to be planned around your working hours.

To me this is an easy choice. I would thrive better with job no. 1.

This is how I encourage you to choose your sources of nutrition. It doesn’t matter if dairy and kale both cointain calcium. Let’s look at the whole package.

Dairy

  • Contains pus.
  • Contains antibiotics.
  • Increase your bodies production of IGF-1, which is known to be cancer promoting.
  • Has no dietary fiber.
  • Has no health promoting plant chemicals to fight cancer of.

 

 

Kale

  • Doesn’t contain pus.
  • Doesn’t contain antibiotics.
  • Doesn’t contain pesticides if it’s organic.
  • Has dietary fiber.
  • Has plenty of health promoting plant chemicals that fights cancer of.

 

 

Whether or not milk is healthy, or even suitable for humans is debatable. Whether or not it matters that you drink a small amount of pus and antibiotics when you drink dairy is also debatable, and we all have our own truths to this subject.

It’s not debatable whether or not dietary fibers and plant chemicals are health promoting for us. The more you eat, the better. The more plants you eat instead of animal products, the more dietary fibers and plant chemicals you get.

The way I see it, milk is AT BEST neutral to your health. It provides nutrients, but it isn’t health promoting, since it doesn’t contain any health promoting components. In this western world where we are highly exposed to different carcinogens, bad food choices and only a little time to exercise, we NEED health promoting food. The western world have huge issues with lifestyle related diseases and chronic illnesses, even though they are very preventable. Some are even reversible.

Animal products have micro- and macro nutrients (Vitamins, minerals, proteins, fat and carbohydrates) which helps us survive. Unfortunately animal products also contain saturated fat. Plants have micro- and macro nutrients AND dietary fibers and plant chemicals. Not only do we survive on plants. We thrive.

I think this is an important consideration to make when you choose where your nutrition should come from.

Just like good benefits at work, they are not necessary for our surviving here and now. But they benefit our overall health long-term, and they make us thrive better than a bad work environment.

The choice is obvoius to me. I don’t just want to survive. I want to thrive. I choose plants.

How about you?

Love,

Katrine.

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Plants and type-2 diabetes: A plant-based diet regulates the blood sugar levels better than a standard diabetes diet

Type-2 diabetes is a misunderstod disease. The common conception is that it’s caused by sugar, because when you have type-2 diabetes, it’s all about lowering your blood sugar level. So if you are diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, the most logical strategy is to avoid carbohydrates, since it effects the blood sugar. Or is it?

Type-2 diabetes is actually caused by an accumulation of fat in the liver and muscles. This happens, when we eat a diet high in simple sugar and fat, which is usually the case we eat a lot of processed foods and sugary soft drinks. The accumulation of fat in the muscles cause insulin resistance because it prevents insulin from transporting glucose into the cells [1].

No one ever went to the doctor with a lifestyle related disease caused by oranges. I’m just saying.

I recommend a low-fat, carbohydrates rich diet. The carbohydrates should come from fruits, potatoes, grains and legumes. The fat should come from plants as close to their whole form as possible, like nuts and avocado instead of oil. When you get all your food from these sources you get an abundance of nutrition and dietary fibers. The fibers regulates your blood sugar level well, unlike white bread and sugar, which I do not recommend.

When you eat a low-fat plant-based diet, you will naturally eat fewer calories because mosts plants are naturally low in calories, and high in filling and satisfying fibers. Therefore it’s very likely that you will lose weight. A low-fat plant-based diet has shown a better effect at reducing the long term blood sugar levels than a regular recommended diet for people with type-2 diabetes [2, 3].

Sources:

1: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29589384
2: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5466941/
3: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4890770/

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Are you eating blueberries?

>> Blueberries IMPROVE insulin sensitivity in people who have type-2 diabetes <<

Fruit has an unfortunate reputation of containing to much sugar. Nothing could be further from the truth. Fruit is an AMAZING source of vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers, anti-oxidants and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are amazing for our health and wellbeing.

Studies have shown that blueberries can IMPROVE insulin sensitivity in people who have type-2 diabetes [1], and they also decrease the risk of heart related diseases [2 ; 3].

Get your fruits and berries in every day <3

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Love,

Katrine

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Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5187542/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4488775/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2924596/

Low fat vs. low carb. Does it matter for weight loss?

Low-carb or low-fat? This question can really put a huge wedge between health enthusiasts. A study shows no significant difference in weight loss between 2 groups of people who ate either a low-fat diet (Below 20g of fat/day) or a low-carb diet (Below 20g of carbs/day). They didn’t exclude people who are insulin resistant, even though they have a reputation of needing a low carb diet. The study included 600 people and lasted for 12 months, which is great since nutritional studies are usually of shorter duration [1]. But if you dive into the results, what do they really say?

Personally, I’m excited about the results, since they debunk the myth that carbs are bad for anyone.

If I dive into the results, it turns out that neither the low-carb group or low-fat group were compliant with the diet. After 3 months, the low-carb diet had about 96,6g carbohydrates daily, and the low-fat group had about 42g fat daily. But the one thing both groups had in common was that they ate mainly whole foods, as instructed.

 “While no caloric intake targets were given, both groups were instructed to consume high-quality whole foods and drinks. Specifically, they were instructed to “maximize vegetable intake … minimize intake of added sugars, refined flours, and trans fats; and … focus on whole foods that were minimally processed, nutrient dense, and prepared at home whenever possible.” [2].

“The study strongly encouraged its participants to consume healthy diets rich in whole foods and not to fill their pantries with low-fat or low-carb junk food.” [2].

Neither group was actually consuming a low-carb or low-fat diet. They were following a whole food diet with no caloric restriction, and they were both losing weight.

Fruits, vegetables, legumes are rich in carbohydrates, fibers and phytochemicals which protects you from lifestyle related diseases like heart disease and type-2 diabetes [3;4]. It’s very beneficial for you to center your diet around whole plants.

Since this study doesn’t really say anything about a low-carb diet, I’m still not convinced about the health benefits. Another study done with a fewer people in a shorter duration, the low-carb group had up to 20g carbohydrates daily, and therefore more fat and protein. The low-fat group had ≈30% fat. The result showed increased LDL in the low-carb group, despite their weight loss [5]. Increased LDL is associated with an increased risk of heart disease [6]. So, this might be an effective weight loss strategy, but not a healthy long-term eating pattern.

You are definitely free to choose whatever weight loss strategy you want. But it’s my recommendation that your diets centers around whole plants, and that you keep it low-fat (Below 30E% fat) during weight loss. Since plants are rich in fibers, they will decrease your risk of the lifestyle related diseases that the western world is struggling with today.

Sources:

  1. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2673150?redirect=true
  2. https://examine.com/nutrition/low-fat-vs-low-carb-for-weight-loss/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28796173
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28811706
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3132068/
  6. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/What-Your-Cholesterol-Levels-Mean_UCM_305562_Article.jsp#.W368vfZuI2w