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Friday, August 7, 2009

Chic & Swag Friday

The Body Can Beat Terminal Cancer — Sometimes

They should be dead. But a tiny number of people conquer lethal diseases.
John Matzke was just 30 years old when he was told that he had only 18 months to live. At 6 feet 4 inches tall, with blue eyes and broad shoulders, Matzke cut an impressive figure. He’d been a football player at Dartmouth College, where he studied geology. That was also where he met his wife, Lyn, who worked in town. In 1973, Matzke and Lyn moved to Wisconsin to run a small homestead, where they grew organic vegetables and raised chickens and a pig. Just seven weeks after the birth of his first son, in 1974, Matzke noticed a lump in his armpit. A biopsy showed that the lump was malignant melanoma, a particularly fatal form of skin cancer. He would have that tumor and then a few others removed by surgeons. By 1984, the cancer had spread to his lung. Having served in the Army’s Fifth Armored Division in Ulm, Germany, Matzke went to the Veterans Administration hospital in White River Junction, Vermont, to see his oncologist, Joseph F. O’Donnell. Knowing that his patient’s chances of surviving the cancer were slim—and would only lessen with each passing day—O’Donnell urged him to undergo immediate treatment. The oncologist told Matzke that once melanoma invades an internal organ like the lung, the invariable outcome is death—usually within months—without immediate treatment. Even with treatment, his outlook was guarded. Only half of all melanoma patients with lung metastases are alive 30 months after surgery. But Matzke didn’t follow his doctor’s recommendation. Instead, he took a month off to strengthen his body for the treatment that he knew would most likely be a grueling ordeal. He went on long hikes in the mountains, he ate healthy foods, and he meditated. He also spent a lot of time picturing himself healthy and visualizing good strong blood cells destroying the cancer in his body.


Also Health Tips...

Recently, Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain plastic health hazard.He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us & how Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic. Bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

  • No plastic containers in microwave.
  • No water bottles in freezer.
  • A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer.
  • we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers...This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body...Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic
    containers for heating food... You get the same results, only without
    the dioxin.So such things as TV dinners, instant Ramen and soups, etc.,
    should be removed from the container and heated in something else.
    Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper.
    It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.
  • He also states, while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons...Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.
    Via Dad:)


Kitty said...

This is very good Cee... both the idea of overcoming cancer and the ideas to avoid it... no plastic in the wave... nonononono


theceelist said...

Heeeeey Kity!!! I dad stays on us about our health:)Trips 2 the dentist all that stuff.

Yeah I know TGIF:)