Well I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it. I actually get so terrified of getting cancer, it's kind of insane. My grandma had breast cancer and beat it twice, then lung cancer, her sister just beat stomach cancer, and I have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity which apparently makes you more susceptible to stomach cancer. And obviously my family has a slight history of getting cancer and kicking its ass, but it still terrifies me because I dont think I would have the strength to fight it. Hell, even my DOG got cancer. We tried changing her diet and stuff but it was just too late and she was so miserable.
My teeth are awful, I went to the dentist in 8th grade and had 10 cavities, had to get a tooth removed, and have had ALL the fillings replaced because they had cavities AGAIN and my teeth are so sensitive and I am 19 years old and terrified that when I am 25 I will either be in constant pain or have no teeth at all. So I liked your fluoride post.
You kind of address everything I am terrified about and help me make little decisions about steps I can take to prevent things or maybe slow them down.
Hey Sunny! Wow that’s a lot of cancer in your family, I would be scared too. Even though genetics can make some of us more susceptible, it doesn’t mean you’ll get it, but you should be hardcore serious about your health. I believe that makes all the difference between why some develop cancer and some do not.
I had three thoughtful messages in response to my “low-income grocery” post the other day. Wanted to share them. Here they are:
onemoretimevintage: I loved your last post. It is an issue that has been driving me crazy for years. I grew up, poor, in the city. My parents were divorced. Dad lived on a flourishing urban farm, while I lived with my mother and shopped on Food Stamps at Save a Lot. I dedicated my senior year of college to picking apart these very different ways of living and eating; attempting to make sense of it all. It all came together when I visually looked at each place of shopping. For the poor, shopping for food is not fun. It is dismal, sad and depressing. For those that have access to stores such as Whole Foods, shopping becomes an exciting experience. One that I was never part of. Recently, local, organic produce has been all the rage. And thank goodness! Markets are popping up in urban areas that never had access to such things. This is all grand and lovely… but what about the people living in these areas? Can they even afford the food? Who gets to shop at these markets? Is this just the trendy thing to do? I urge everyone out there that has the ability to eat fresh veggies, fruits and meat everyday to make sure that the urban market that plopped down in their neighborhood is really helping the neighborhood out. Make sure they accept food stamps. What do they do with all the food that does not sell? These are ways that we can teach everyone, regardless of class, how to be healthy. I am so glad you started this discussion. It is an issue that I am really concerned about and that needs to be out in the open. Food is a necessity, and everyone deserves to have healthy options! Thanks! Oh, and you said that you would tag your reply. You really do not need to do that. A lot of what I shared was semi private. Just had to share my opinion. Also, the reasons to why these lovely grocery stores do not appear in urban areas has a lot to do with business and money. It is very expensive for such a large plot of land in the city AND so is security. When you build in a poor neighborhood, security becomes a huge issue. (That is just my urban planning voice coming out!)
milfitude: RE: Lack of produce at the low-income grocery store.
Chris, there is a lot of literature out there about the phenomenon of access, or lack thereof, to “healthy” food in low-income neighborhoods. I can point you in the right direction, but this is definitely something you (and everyone) should read about. The meme that poor people CHOOSE to not eat healthy is a destructive one because it obfuscate the real issues, which include what food the American government subsidizes. It’s no surprise that the food subsidy pyramid in this country is the exact polar opposite of the food pyramid recommended by the FDA; beef subsidies are a top priority and, therefore, cheaper and more accessible to lower-income people, but not necessarily healthy. What people are afforded via the Food Stamp program is not exactly organic, all-natural, gmo-free goods; the monthly allowance on food stamp programs is DISMAL, and I don’t think Whole Foods accepts WIC/Food Stamps. It’s not surprising at all that the store you visited did not have a produce aisle; in fact, it’s par for the course, unfortunately. It’s a symptom of a much larger problem in this country, and sadly, poor people bear the brunt and often, and wrongly, the blame.
ayychee: The government subsidizes processed crap, and makes it much more affordable/accessible to the lower classes. Especially since corn is such a big commodity for the government, you can see that it’s ended up in a lot of the cheap processed foods. (Hell, my dad even noticed they’re putting it in cat litter now) Anyway, a lot of people view fruits and vegetables as ‘luxury foods’ for one reason or another. Vegetables aren’t seen as filling like grains and meats, so they’re not as important to include in the budget. Also, a Congressperson recently went on a mission to live on the food stamps that his constituents do, and found that they are not very accommodating of fruits and vegetables. It’s a shame that it is that way. I live on 75% fruits and vegetables, and I happen to think they’re not bank breaking. Maybe I’m biased since I live in Southern California around an abundance of farmers, though.
That’s a lunch lady in the Berkeley, CA area who has implemented fresh produce lunches into the elementary schools. She talks about the stigmas associated with fresh produce, and how she overcame them.
http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2010/05/tedtalks_graham_hill_why_im_a.php Just watched a TED Talk about part time vegetarianism and how the all or nothing approach just isn't working. Thought you'd be interested to know that the compromise and moderation argument is becoming more prevalent!
Hi Arielle! I’ve seen that and it’s great. Thanks for sharing the link!
Congrats on beating cancer! I am a 11 month survivor of burkitts lymphoma. I was wondering what you did on your 1 year anniversary. Was it anything special or just a regular day? I am debating whether to celebrate with a small party or just let it be a normal friday :)
On my 1 year anniversary I streaked through the cancer clinic.
Kidding! I have no idea what I did, but you should celebrate!
Hang in there. Take care of yourself. Become a health nerd like me. :)
But I recently saw a post from a girl on tumblr who said she was thinking about becoming half-vegetarian.
This led to several reposts by vegetarians and vegans who criticized and attacked her.
Basically trying to make her feel stupid and saying things like “there’s no such thing as a half-vegetarian” etc.
To my Veg friends: This all-or-nothing conversion strategy isn’t working.
Instead of attacking her, why not encourage her and say, “Yay that’s a good start!”
If you’re an activist and you want people to eat less meat to save animals, this is a good thing. This is progress. It’s not about titles or labels. If she wants to call herself half-vegetarian, so what?
Results are what matters.
This is about eating less meat and this girl says she’s gonna try to eat half as much meat as she did before. Multiply that out times a year. That’s a lot of meat she didn’t eat!
Apply some logic: If 100 people ate half as much meat, that’s the same net result as 50 people becoming total vegetarians.
And do you realize how much easier it is to convince people to eat half as much meat than to give it up altogether?
Either way, less meat eating is a win for your cause!
Congrats on beating cancer, Chris. I lost a infant sister to leukemia; she was undergoing chemotherapy but it wasn't enough I guess. I'm planning on running in my local Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in two weeks too. The battle against cancer is one that I hope I never have to fight, but I plan on helping others in everyway I can. I'm extremely impressed that your healthier and alternative choices, and your determination were all you needed to fight back. Thanks for the follow.
Hi Gracie! Thanks so much for writing. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. That must have been really hard for your family. I think it’s awesome that your involved in cancer awareness stuff.
Hey, man. I'm really diggin' your Tumblr. I was just wanting to ask if you've been introduced to kombucha yet? It's some of the best stuff around :)!
Also: CONGRATS on beating the cancer. I'm glad you did. I'm sure you've blessed people since--I'm one of them.
Thanks and yes I love Kombucha! It is awesome.
For anyone else reading this, Kombucha is a fermented tea. Kinda fizzy cause it’s full of probiotic bacteria that are super good for you. They have it at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Fresh Market and healthy stores like that. Sounds weird, but it’s great.
Just want to remind you of something you already know. Your life and your body now, are the result of all the choices, good or bad, you’ve made up to this point. The decisions you make today are creating your future life. I’m eating healthy today because I want to be healthy tomorrow. When you resist the temptation to eat junk food, you will be so proud of yourself. If you give in, prepare for some self-loathing. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Just learn your lesson.
Don’t set unrealistic standards for yourself and try to be perfect. Follow the 80/20 rule. It’s what you eat 80% of the time that matters most, which means it’s ok to reward yourself with some junky food every once and a while. Just don’t binge.
Also if you plan your meals ahead of time, you won’t find yourself eating taco bell.
“I am utterly convinced that this sunlight nutrition diet will help every human ill, excepting only the results of an accident or some organic malformation. That statement will startle you. I want it to startle you. Then you will pay heed and set your feet now on the path to beautiful young health. There are two things every woman prays for. One is a flawless skin. The other is a healthy slender body… When she has learned to follow this beautifying diet of raw fruits and vegetables, she will discover that a properly fed body functions normally.”—Helena Rubinstein Founder of a Raw Food Institute & Restaurant in NYC Food for Beauty (1938)
The FDA meanwhile appears to be enforcing a policy of barring food producers from trumpeting that their products don’t contain genetically modified ingredients. According to the Washington Post, the FDA has sent a “flurry of enforcement letters” to companies that have advertised GMO-free products on their labels. The warnings come on top of existing policy not to require food makers to disclose if their products do contain GMOs. Congress member Dennis Kucinich said, “This, to me, raises questions about whose interest the FDA is protecting. They are clearly protecting industry, and not the public.”
Fun Fact I just read: If you eat a typical amount of beef (66.5 pounds a year), switching to lean grassfed beef will save you 17,733 calories a year—without requiring any willpower or change in your eating habits. If everything else in your diet remains constant, you’ll lose about six pounds a year. If all Americans switched to grassfed meat, our national epidemic of obesity might diminish.
Hello. You're following me on iamiamiwill, but this is my main tumblr. My godmother just finished her last radiation appointment yesterday afternoon. If she can make it another 7 years in remission we will be so blessed. Thank you for your strength and sharing a healthy lifestyle. Doctors bombard you with all these artificial routines for every problem you have, and rarely give you information on alternative ones.
Hey Lacie! How dare you have two tumblrs! ;)
You’re right about doctors. The problem is they can’t prescribe alternative treatments or they can lose their license to practice medicine. For cancer treatment they can only prescribe chemo, surgery and radiation. That’s it.
Isn’t it crazy how everyone knows someone with cancer? 1 out of 3 people are predicted to get it in their lifetime, but I heard it might be more like 1 out of 2 in the future.
My mission is really just to let people to know they have a lot more options than what doctors are telling them.
thank you for following! i am inspired. my grandma (in US) is newly diagnosed with colon cancer, stage II and she has already started her chemo. i'm getting tips from your blog and i will probably let her know those. thanks, again and have a good health! :)
That’s great! Not about your grandmother, but that you like the blog. I’m glad I found you! Message me anytime.
I've been reading your blog and I am SO happy for you that you have been cancer free for about 7 years. I volunteer with a non-profit organization called Imerman Angels (they provided free 1-on-1 support to cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers). You have such an amazing story and the advice that you are giving to others is so inspirational and sincere. I believe that you would make the perfect angel. If it's something you maybe interested please let me know. Keep inspiring, I wish you all the best!
Thanks so much! I sent you a private message with my contact info.
I’m interested and I’d like to know a little bit more about Imerman Angels.
Amen! Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I will buy those books. Thank you for your prayers. I do believe all things work together for good for those who love God. I know God has a plan and a purpose for my life. I believe He will be glorified through my life.
God bless and thanks. :)
Hello Chris. My name is Chrissy and I'm currently battling CML (leukemia). I recently had my spleen taken out, a few tumors have been removed, and I also got a stem cell (from an adult donor) transplant. My immune system is extremely low. I'm also doing chemotherapy and it makes me so sick. I've been reading your blog, are you telling me I don't have to take chemo, because if I don't have to do chemo I'd be soooooo happy. :] I love reading your blog. It brings me hope. :)
Hi Chrissy. Unfortunately I can’t tell you not to take chemo. What I can tell you is that there are people who have beat cancer without chemo. I am one of them. I chose not to do it because I believed it would do more harm than good. Despite what doctors tell you, you do have a choice. This is a major decision only you can make and it is not one to be taken lightly without an alternate plan.
I recommend you start researching and educating yourself on health on healing like I did, then you can make an informed decision.
I believe with all my heart that God works all things for the good of those who love Him. One of the most important things you can do is get right with God and ask Him to lead you. That’s exactly what I did.
One of my favorite passages is Psalm 34. I read it over and over. I mediated on it and believed it.
Chrissy, my wife and I will pray for your healing tonight.
Hi Chris and congrats on being cancer free!
I'm afraid I might have colon cancer, too. I'm waiting to see my doctor next week. If you dont mind sharing, how did you realize you might have colon cancer? Did you have symptoms? How did they find the cancer? Was your blood work abnormal?
Any help would be appreciated. I'll be watching your space for your answer and guidance. I hope that my prognosis is good like yours too.
Hi. Wow. This must be a scary time for you. I hope it’s something else. I was having abdominal pain and after a lot of tests I had a colonoscopy and they found a golf ball sized tumor. My blood work was a little low on iron from internal bleeding.
My prognosis wasn’t good: Stage 3. I had surgery to remove the tumor and then got hardcore crazy about my health and alternative therapies. There’s a lot of info on my main blog at www.chrisbeatcancer.com about what I did and I’m constantly adding more and more to it when I have time to write.
Really like your blog. I am doing chemo at this time for Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma. The drugs for this type of cancer are very effective. Having said that I have totally changed my diet as well and I believe this is also a big part of my road to better health and have met with Eastern doctors regarding herbs and accupuncture. Somewhere I believe there is an appropriate blend of Eastern and Western medicine that is the answer in a given case. Keep up the good work and God Bless you!
Hi Tim! Thanks! And you’re right, chemotherapy has been shown to be effective in treating some cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, and testicular cancer if detected early. I think it’s great that you are being proactive and doing more than just chemo. I did everything I could find. Get super healthy, support your immune system, and try to eliminate your exposure to toxins in food, water, household cleaners, and body care products.
my grandad just died of cancer
i dont know how to feel
I’m sorry to hear that. I don’t know how to feel either, but death has a way of reminding us to cherish the time we have with the people we love. There’s no guarantee we’ll all live to be 100. You never know when someone’s gonna be gone, but it happens. I’ve lost several friends from high school, it sucks and I miss seeing them. I’m sure you have some good memories with your grandad. Be happy your still alive and well, and take care of yourself.
Hi Chris. I was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma when I was 18. I'm 23 now. I underwent surgery and chemotherapy and I deeply regret going through chemo. At the time, my parents and I were just too scared to even think about any other option. While I was going through chemo, I did more research and that's when I switched to organic food and became a vegetarian. I also drank Essiac tea daily. I'm not sure if you've heard of it. I'm vegan now and am moving toward a more raw vegan diet. Your website is fantastic and I'm learning new things to make myself even healthier. Thanks so much, you are inspiring.
Hey Maggie! Thank you so much for writing. More people need to hear stories like yours. You’re doing the right things. No doctor is going to take better care of you than you. I do know about Essiac tea but somehow never bought any. I’ve been wanting to try it and I’m going to order some. From what I understand there are alot of imitations, but the original formula is at www.essiac-canada-intl.com.
My best advice to you is Do Everything You Can Find. The healthy diet, teas, supplements, excercise, etc. Keep reading and learning. That’s what I did and am still doing!
So, I just found you on here...and I am so looking forward to reading all of your blog!! I know I can learn something great from you!!! I myself am terrified of anything Cancer.
I think its due to deaths in my family linked with it.
I actually made a post about why I decided to lose weight/eat healhty/be healthy.
This was one of the reasons...
among others was that I had an ovarian tumor years back, and lost an ovary...so there you go. why I'm terrified!
but I believe in the power of natural medicine and things of that nature...and I see you do too!
Hope all is well, and congratulations on your all of your success thus far!
Just checked out your page. You are Kickin A on your weight loss, way to go!
I said this to someone else to today…if you have family history of cancer you have to be hardcore about your health. Don’t take any chances. The great thing about eating raw fruits and vegetables is you can stuff yourself and you’ll still lose weight!
Looking forward to seeing your continued progress!
Dude, after reading the Mutant Milk post I decided to stop drinking processed milk. This is the exact reason why I love your blog. It is helping me live a healthier life because I, like many people made the stupid mistake of picking up smoking at the young age of 14, I have been smoke free for about a month now and intend to keep it that way. My family has a long standing reputation of cancer related illnesses, typically around the lungs or heart. Please keep doing what you're doing with this blog you are an inspiration to myself and everyone I share your blog with.
By the way on an additional note, I checked out Arma Secreta and absolutely LOVE the tunes. Keep it up brother!
Hey Geoff that’s awesome! I smoked until I was 20. Glad you put the cigs down, leave em there.
If your family has cancer history you definitely need to be super hardcore about your health.
Thanks so much for the support man, keep spreading the word.
I had cancer a while back (I'm only 17) and while I didn't have chemo, I did have a shit load of surgeries. Hated them and in all honesty they seemed to botch more than they succeeded. I'm cancer free now (and I thank God everyday) but because I was so young I didn't really get a say in what I did. If I could go back and chose for myself I would defiantly look at more options. Battle scars are good reminders of what I've overcome but it would be nice if I could be like a normal teenager one day.
Sorry, I rambled.
Just, thanks for your blog. Its really nice to read :)
Hi! I am so glad you didn’t have to go through chemo and you’re alive today! God has a way of carrying us through difficult times, when we aren’t strong enough. You went through that for a reason and it made you a stronger person.
Normal is boring. Embrace what makes you stand out!
Hey Chris! I just read through all of your pages and I can not get enough! You're story is very inspirational. I am glad to tag along with you on this healthy journey and excited to hear more about how to prevent cancer through awesome food.
Thank you so much Janice! You are the reason I’m doing this!
Hi Chris. Thanks for following me. I am a student of Naturopathic and Chinese medicine. We need more examples in our practice of people who trust completely in natural medicine and healthy lifestyles to overcome the worst of dis-ease. Thanks for being that example. I myself was diagnosed with HIV a few years back, and have had great success by living healthily and taking my health into my own hands. Take care!
Amazing! You’re definitely doing the right thing Jason. Mega props to you!
Thanks for the follow.
I know you get this alot, and I know you get the "I know you get this alot" alot, too. But I find your story inspirational. My nan passed away from breast cancer just over a week ago. I'm glad that you were able to 'beat' it, and experience and live your life to its fullest. I hope it's a long one!
Hi Erin! I do “get that alot” alot, but I still like it! So sorry to hear about your nan, that’s tough for you I’m sure. I know something good will come out of it. Thank you so much for messaging me! :)
Hello, Sir. Good evening :) You've heard this a lot of times, I'm sure, but your story is very inspiring to me and to my family. Both sides of my family had experienced cancer. Different kinds to my grannies and aunts and uncles. But by knowing your story, our family is inspired. I can't wait to tell my grandmother and our other relatives who are taking care of her (they're away from us) about you.
Bless you, sir.
Thank you miss! That’s so great. Glad my story can help. Send them to my blog and have them get in touch if they have any questions. :)