The Breast Cancer Survival Guide, Part 3: Addition

This is the third part of a four-part series on surviving breast cancer. If you haven’t read part 1 or part 2, I recommend you read those first before proceeding.


After we’ve eliminated the negative stressors in our life, like sugar, processed foods and city tap water, it’s time to focus on what we can add into our diet and regimen.

What Needs to Be Added:

  1. Vitamin D and Sunlight
  2. Essential Fatty Acids
  3. Fulvic Minerals
  4. Juicing of Organic Vegetables
  5. Enzymes and Probiotics
  6. Fiber (in the form of fresh, ground flaxseed meal)
  7. Liver Support
  8. Iodine
  9. Vitamin C Nutrient IVs
  10. Green Tea
  11. Oxygen (deep breathing, movement, oxygen therapy)
  12. Chiropractic Therapy

In today’s article, we’ll be covering 1-6 of the above. Part 4 will cover 7-12.

#1: ADD Vitamin D and Sunlight

vitamin d breast cancer

There is a TON of confusion about how healthy sunlight is for you (e.g. how much is too much?). The truth is that the sun and normal Vitamin D levels are essential for the breast cancer patient.

For the last 40 years, science has known that there is an inverse relationship between sun exposure and cancer.

Re-read that last sentence 10 times.

The only cancer that increases with too much sun exposure is skin cancer, yet 95% of skin cancer is not life-threatening. But we’re repeatedly told to avoid the sun, and if we go out in the sun we wear sunglasses and cover our skin with sun block. Why?

Dr. Weston A Price, in his historic book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, said,

A question arises as to the efficiency of the human body in removing all of the minerals from the ingested foods. Extensive laboratory determinations have shown that most people cannot absorb more than half of the calcium and phosphorus from the foods eaten. The amounts utilized depend directly on the presence of other substances, particularly fat-soluble vitamins.”

Science now knows that the body requires fat-soluble vitamin D in order to utilize and absorb minerals. Because minerals are how our cells hold their cellular charge, without sufficient vitamin D our cells quickly lose their charge and are unable to absorb minerals. When we want to send or store electricity within our body, we do it via metals and minerals – copper, lithium, trace minerals, etc. Without the sun we cannot utilize the minerals in the foods we eat, and without sufficient minerals, vitamins have little function in the body. Without vitamins, our cells have no function. Without function, we lose cellular energy and quickly become ill.

Without sufficient sun exposure, people get chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, rickets, heart disease, neurological disorders, mental disorders, cancer and literally every known dysfunction and disease on earth.

A few studies to emphasize my point:

Studies have shown that with optimal vitamin D levels, cells can turn off cancer-promoting DNA. This is evident by the fact that those with optimal D levels have a 22% lower mortality rate from cancer.1 If any drug on Earth had even close to this much effectiveness, it would be a blockbuster drug, but because the sun is free the results are neatly stored away in a closet somewhere.

One study showed that women with breast cancer who had a vitamin D level of 30 ng/ml had significantly improved survival rates for years after their diagnosis. The crazy thing is that the ideal vitamin D levels for the cancer patient should be between 70-100 ng/ml.

Other studies have shown that 25% of breast cancer diagnoses have been linked to insufficient sunlight.

A physician names John Tilden, M.D., once said that if you have the ability to heal even one condition, then you have the ability to heal any condition, as healing always invokes the same principle: What is your cellular charge and how much universal intelligence do you have running through you body?

The results are clear: We need more access to the sun and, by definition, more vitamin D. The sun is the source of energy for the earth and our cells, and if we’re suffering under the effects of poor health and low cellular charge, it is absolutely necessary to get more sunlight in your life.

There are three ways of getting more sunlight, and the person seeking optimal health should consider utilizing all three:

  1. Get more sunshine on your skin, or go tanning
  2. Get more sunlight in your eyes, or get a sun lamp
  3. Consume stored sunlight in the form of vitamin D

Getting More Sunshine On Your Skin

Our bodies produce Vitamin D when the UVB rays directly hit our skin. The UVB rays are the burning rays and are present in most parts of the world only between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the summer months. The only way we get damaged skin – and most skin cancers – is if we repeatedly burn our skin. Common sense should direct the reader to avoid burning. The goal should be to get sunshine until we get very lightly pink without any feelings of burning on the skin.

We should seek to get as much sun directly on our skin as our body will allow. The critic might say that this destroys your skin after years of chronic exposure, and this is partly true. But by utilizing coconut oil on our skin after exposure to the sun, we can avoid most detrimental effects that chronic exposure poses. Wrinkles are created by the drying out of the skin, so by keeping properly hydrated and nourished skin, we can avoid most of the skin-damaging effects.

Many people ignorantly apply highly toxic sunscreen that blocks the UVB burning rays, yet allows in UVA non-burning rays. However, the UVA rays are more highly associated with skin cancer. Therefore, it makes little sense to ever wear sunscreen.

If you’re in a situation where you know your skin is going to burn because you’re spending the entire day at the beach or on a boat, it is best to protect your skin with a hat and clothing. If you still feel the need to use sunscreen, natural zinc oxide sunscreen should be used. This is not the sexy coconut-smelling spray that immediately disappears on your skin, but rather the dorky white stuff that never fully disappears that many of us remember our mothers applying to us when we were little.

Because many of us live in a place with a long winter or simply don’t have the time or ability to spend too much time out in the sun, I highly recommend tanning beds. There are “safe” tanning beds, and (humorously enough) they are usually the ones that are the cheapest. When going to a tanning salon, ask which bed has the highest UVB rays (burning rays). They often call these the 20-minute beds, but I recommend that you don’t go more than 10 minutes, as you want to avoid burning. Doing this twice per week is often enough to raise vitamin D levels to an acceptable level.

Get More Sunlight Directly in Your Eyes

Almost all healthy aspects of nature need to be taken as the whole to get the entire benefit. To clarify: Medicine always seeks the active – and usually patentable – ingredient while ignoring the whole. One specific example is aspirin, which is one ingredient of white willow bark. When white willow bark is taken for pain it is highly effective with literally no side effects. Yet when you take just the active ingredient – aspirin – it causes bleeding of the stomach. The examples of this are endless.

The sun is no different. When we try to extrapolate that the only benefit of the sun is Vitamin D, and then seek to reproduce a synthetic high-dose version, the benefits pale in comparison to the actual source. The ingredient that most people never think about when it comes to the sun is how we need the exposure in our eyes.

“OUR EYES?!” you might ask, incredulous. “But I was told that UV rays can damage the eyes and I’ve always worn sunglasses to protect them!” The answer always dictates that the reader should consider common sense: If looking at the sun during the peak UV ray hours (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), then of course damage can occur, which is why we don’t look directly at the sun during these hours.

Sunlight into the eyes has been shown to stimulate healthy hormone function in the body. According the British Journal of Ophthalmology in 2008, the photoreceptors in the eyes play a vital role in human physiology and health.

The ancients had this figured out, as many successful cultures practiced sun gazing. I first heard about sun gazing a few years ago while in Central America when I discovered there is a growing practice of looking directly into the sun for the first 30 minutes of the morning and the last 30 minutes of the day. Have you ever wondered why humans are naturally drawn to watch sunrises and sunsets? We don’t know why but it naturally feels good.

Native Americans, Hindi and many other cultures had a tradition of looking directly into the sun during the first and last 30 minutes of the day. It was believed to have highly meditative effects and refueled one’s body and soul while ridding it of impurities. Some cultures believed that it opened a connection to the supernatural. Throughout history, there are many tales of how viewers could achieve almost supernatural healing powers while looking into “heaven’s eye.”

This old practice of sun gazing has been rediscovered around the world, and many cultures, retreat centers and holistic healers are utilizing it effectively to activate the body’s universal intelligence.

It’s now documented scientific fact that there are photoreceptors in the eye directly connected to hormonal health. The hormonal system is always the last thing to fail before health precipitously drops. No one ever comes into my clinic with chronic illness until their hormone system has failed. It’s failure is always directly connected to exposure to chronic stress and the loss of charge from their cells.

The breast cancer patient should spend as many hours outside as possible, with no sunglasses and no sunscreen, with as much of the skin exposed as possible. Avoid burning but get as much sun as your skin and eyes can stand.

Consuming Stored Sunlight

The bodies of all animals store sunlight in the form of fat, mostly concentrated in the liver. Therefore, it makes sense that consuming liver and healthy animal fat is an excellent source of fat soluble vitamin D. This is one of the reasons cod liver oil has always been considered one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods on Earth. By consuming it and other forms of animal fat (egg yolks, liver, butter, ghee), people living in the north who get very little sunlight can still have normal vitamin D levels and vibrant health.

A vast quantity of research has shown that healthy animal fat does NOT cause heart disease and does NOT negatively impact cancer, yet is a necessary building block of the human body. Essential fats and cholesterol form the basis of our cell walls, our hormones, our nervous system and our brain. These cannot be produced in the body, which is why they are called essential.

Because most energy is derived in the body from sugar or fat, it becomes necessary, as we eliminate sugar, to consume more fat. When consuming fat, the quality of the fat is of upmost importance. Because fat is essentially concentrated energy, if we consume oxidized damaged fats that are spiked with hormones, antibiotics, and toxins, it will quickly damage our bodies.

Any animal that consumes greenery will collect vitamin D in its fat and liver and will ultimately be a much healthier source of animal fat. Animals from feed operations that consume soy, corn, etc, are very low in fat soluble vitamins. Grass-fed beef contains high amounts of fat soluble vitamin D compared to farm-raised fish. So when we consume animal fat, it’s imperative that we are SUPER picky on the manner in which our food was raised. The cancer patient should never consume animals from feed operations, as they are devoid of necessary nutrients. Additionally, the practice of feed operations is highly destructive to the environment and is akin to animal abuse.

When seeking to supplement vitamin D, it’s best to get it from a whole food source whenever possible. The best forms of vitamin D are liver, grass-fed butter, egg yolks from pastured chickens, and fat from animals – especially wild raised fish. You can usually recognize the fats that are high in fat soluble vitamins because of the orangish coloring. This is created by fat soluble vitamin A, which is congruently found with vitamin D. You’ll recognize the orangish color of the fat if you’ve ever consumed pastured chicken or grass-fed butter.

Taking vitamin D in supplement form should always be derived from an animal source, and it’s critical that it be emulsified in fat for proper absorption. I have seen so many people with low vitamin D levels go to their doctor and get a prescription, then experience little to no improvement in their blood work and their health. But when they’re given whole food vitamin D emulsified in fat, their blood levels quickly normalize.

How Much Vitamin D Should I Take?

It’s very important that we measure our vitamin D levels, as it’s such a powerful determinant of health, but the problems associated with too low of a level are more wide-ranging and dangerous than too high of one. If you’re not sure, increase the dose. There are, however, toxic levels that can be achieved, and with it organ damage. But I have never seen our recommended dose result in toxicity. That usually occurs when taking prescription doses of 50,000 IUs or more. We must aspire to be in the ideal blood range, which is between 60-100 ng/ml.

If your vitamin D level is less than 15 ng/ml, then 15,000 IUs per day is not unreasonable. Recheck your levels after three months of consistent supplementation. If it’s above 15 ng/ml, then lower it to 10,000 IUs per day and stay at this level until you get up to a blood level of 60 ng/ml. Once you’re above 60, then lower your vitamin D intake to 4,000 IUs per day. Four-thousand IUs per day is how much our body needs just to support physiological processes – less than this daily and you will end up deficient over time. If you begin to spend more time outside or go tanning, then lower you supplementation to 2,000 IUs per day. This should be rechecked yearly to ensure blood levels stay between 60-100 ng/ml.

#2: ADD Essential Fatty Acids

There are two fats (fatty acids) termed “essential” fatty acids that are needed in the diet and cannot be produce within the body. They are called unsaturated linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids.

There are enormous amounts of research that connect EFA deficiencies with cancer.2 These super-unsaturated Omega 3s are also known as EPA & DHA, and are found most abundantly in cold-water fish and marine animals like salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines. They form the basis of much of our brain, our hormone system, our cell walls, and our immune system.

If so desired, the breast cancer patient can perform a test called a Fatty Acid Profile to determine exact levels and dose recommendations. On running these profiles, I’ve found that almost 100% of people I check are deficient, and find that 4000 mg of EPA/DHA per day for the cancer patient is usually sufficient.

Fatty acid deficiencies are associated with:

  • All cancers
  • Impairment of vision and learning ability
  • Motor incoordination
  • Tingling sensations in arms and legs
  • Behavioral changes
  • High triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • Sticky platelets
  • Tissue inflammation
  • Edema
  • Dry skin
  • Mental deterioration
  • Low metabolic rate
  • Immune dysfunction
  • General weakness

For the breast cancer patient, proper levels of fatty acids in the diet are absolutely essential to recovery.

#3: ADD Activated Fulvic minerals

Negative emotional relationships, sugar, stress, electro-magnetic frequencies, GMO food, and all the other things that cause cancer do so by stripping out the antioxidant and mineral reserves from the body. As the antioxidant and mineral reserves are depleted, our cells rapidly lose their charge.

Activated fulvic minerals are ancient deposits of soil that are high in charged electrons. These charged electrons act as powerful free radical scavengers in the body because they are able to give up an electron, which neutralizes oxidizing free radicals.

Additionally, the charge helps pull minerals through the digestive tract and into the cells where they can increase the cellular charge. As explained in earlier parts of the series, cells only become cancerous as the cellular charge drops. Fulvic minerals help charge the cells and turn back on the mitochondria. As the cellular charge turns back on, the cells are far better at up-taking nutrition and oxygen. This charge can be easily checked through a simple test that measures capacitance (cellular charge). This is something I always monitor in cancer patients to ensure the cellular environment is improving.

#4: ADD Juicing of Organic Vegetables

The breast cancer patient needs a mass amount of easily digestible nutrition. The best way to get the amount of nutrition the body needs is through the juicing of vegetables. Every single successful cancer protocol I have ever encountered – every. single. one. – employs juicing.

The breast cancer patient should juice at least one quart of vegetable juices each day. The best juices for a cancer patient are:

  • carrot
  • celery
  • beet
  • alfalfa
  • lettuce and leafy greens
  • turnips
  • cucumbers
  • cabbage
  • parsley
  • wheat grass

Studies have shown that 5-6 servings of vegetables, along with regular exercise (which we’ll get to later), can reduce breast cancer deaths by 44% among early stage cancer patients.

Juicing provides highly digestible, immediate nutrition that is balanced in water, minerals and vitamins. Juices should be made fresh daily from organic vegetables to ensure that all enzymes are alive when the juice is consumed. What is not immediately drank should be put in the fridge in an airtight container and consumed within 24 hours.

#5: ADD Enzymes and Probiotics

Enzymes are the most important unit in the human body, because every chemical change that takes place involves the activity of enzymes. Without enzyme activity there is no life. No plant or animal can live without the activity of its enzymes”
– Dr. Royal Lee

Enzymes are the “life” of food. Want to see an enzyme at work? Leave fruit out on the counter and watch it ripen. Enzymes are responsible for breaking down that food.

Now leave a Big Mac and large fries out on the counter and watch those ripen. Bad news: You’re going to sit there for years watching, because they won’t rot.

Why?

No enzymes = no life = no digestion.

To paraphrase an old Chinese proverb, “One can eat only so many grains of rice in their life. When the last grain is consumed, we die.”

Whenever we eat foods without enzymes, our body converts its reserves of metabolic enzymes to break it down. It’s impossible for the human body to catalyze its millions of daily chemical actions without enzymes.

But if the body’s metabolic reserves run out, then the blood becomes sticky, oxygen and nutrition is not delivered, diseased cells can’t be broken down, and cancer forms. It’s essential that the cancer patient take a broad spectrum enzyme, proteolytic and pancreatic enzymes. These enzymes must be taken at least twice daily (morning and evening) and on an empty stomach.

Probiotics are equally as important as enzymes. A healthy gut and body must be continuously reinforced with new bacteria (probiotics), as well as food for the probiotics (prebiotics). Probiotics are responsible for the health of the immune system, the production of neurotransmitters, and a healthy expression of our genetics. A very concentrated pre/probiotic should have at least 20 billion live bacteria.

Consuming oral probiotics will:

  • Reduce oxidative stress
  • Decrease inflammatory markers
  • Improve cognition
  • Improve digestion
  • Improve immune function

#6: ADD Fiber (in the form of fresh ground flaxseed meal)

Many breast cancers are created by high levels of circulating hormones. Fresh ground flax seeds are an excellent source of fiber, which is very effective at inhibiting tumor growth. High fiber has been shown to reduce circulating estrogen levels by 20% compared to low fiber diets. It also binds to unbound estrogen in the gut and impedes reabsorption.

By grinding and consuming four tablespoons per day, one can absorb circulating estrogens. It’s important that the fresh ground flax seeds be ground immediately before consuming. This can easily be combined with fresh juice in a blender and consumed. Once flax seeds are ground they oxidize very quickly so should be used immediately and not stored.

Read Breast Cancer Survival Guide, Part 4: Addition and Daily Routine >


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