About

This website is dedicated to providing information on nutrition, foods and lifestyles that fight cancer.

The information presented is a combination of the latest findings in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and the knowledge I gained from personal experience, and consultations with some of the leading CAM practitioners in the country.

Conventional medicine” refers to main stream treatment options, for cancer that would mean Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy.

Complementary medicine” refers to the use of CAM together with conventional medicine, such as using acupuncture in addition to more traditional approaches for pain relief.  Most use of CAM by Americans is Complementary.

Integrative medicinecombines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM, for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety, synergy and effectiveness.

And so It Unfolds…

My journey began in 2010 and has culminated in a wealth of knowledge that I feel compelled to share in the event it helps even one person navigate through the confusing and unsettling process of cancer treatment. I could not find a one-stop-shop for answers to my questions about Alternative or Complimentary approaches.  There were many resources, but all very scattered.

I was lucky to have a friend, retired from the medical field, who for a number of years researched Alternative treatments for some of her patients. She introduced me to two of the practitioners who supported me, and through them I got in touch with 3 other leading CAM specialists. These 5 were my Dream Team.

Without them I don’t believe I would have made it through 4 months of dose-dense chemo and a month of radiation as wonderfully as I did, if at all!

Telling my Oncologist that I would be taking an Integrative approach to my recovery turned out to be pointless.  Because far from supporting me, her reaction exhibited an: “Isn’t that nice” dismissive attitude.  Initially she suggested that Alternative medicine had failed me, hence there I was. I was extremely disappointed in her lack of sensitivity and total lack of knowledge about the critical role of nutrition in healing. Most Med Schools offer their students ONE Overview class on Nutrition.  Imagine that!

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to actively participate in my progression to good health, and under no circumstances would that have been possible without preparing my physical, emotional and psychological ‘bodies’  to take the onslaught of treatment.  I needed the strength to stay as fit as possible and fight back.

No one needs to tell you that the effects of Conventional therapy can be devastating to your physical tissue, and just as toxic to our sense of well being and your faith in healing. When you feel awful it’s harder to maintain a strong, positive attitude, but it’s critical that you do.  Keep reminding yourself that ‘this too shall pass’.

How this Blog Came to Be

Based on my experiences during this process, I became passionate about sharing what I  learned. I hope I’m able to give back for all the Grace I received.

And so, with loving coaxing and invaluable help and support from my amazing dear daughter, we created what I hope to be a place where you can comfortably explore Complimentary or Alternative therapies, the latest findings on healing Supplements and Foods, and Recipes that help transform your body into an inhospitable zone for cancer and a paradise for your organs!

Find out which foods, herbs and spices act as a preventative or outright cancer destroyers, and which combinations work synergistically to make your immune system a ready warrior.

Consultation / Referrals

BEFORE you or someone you know begins treatment, please contact me.

There is much you can do to fortify your immune system and help to protect your tissue from the toxic effects of Chemo and Radiation.  When treatments are completed a maintenance plan can be devised to help keep you healthy.

I can refer you to top national health professionals who offer phone consultations and targeted nutrition/supplement plans.

I provide dietary consultations and treatment options.

~ Be well!

38 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey,

    Just want to let you know I just featured you and your blog in my latest post on healthdemystified.com, “RISING STARS IN THE HEALTH AND FITNESS BLOGOSPHERE: 9 health and fitness bloggers who will entertain, inform, and inspire the world in 2012”

    Here’s the link: http://healthdemystified.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/rising-stars-in-the-health-and-fitness-blogosphere-9/

    Congratulations on the nomination, and I look forward to seeing what you have to say in your upcoming posts,

    Eric

    1. Thank you! I hope to live up to the title.

      I am passionate about helping others avoid the pitfalls so many of us face when making health related decisions. There so much out there to sift through!
      Namaste!

  2. Lovely to have found your site! As a site Administrator for Kris Carr’s (Crazy Sexy Cancer/Life/Wellness), I am fully on board with your approach to healing and wellness, especially where cancer is concerned. Excellent job on the blog, and all the best on your continued health and wellness journey.
    anne

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this important information. I’ve been looking for concise “real world” CAM information like this for a long time; we’re interested in modifying our diets and lifestyle to help prevent cancer, but some approaches are just too extreme and only cover a portion of what we need to know. Your site is the perfect combination and you make it easy to follow. Many blessings for your continued good health!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I feel compelled to share the things that have made such a difference in my experience, and that have healed me from the inside out. I was happy to discover your blog too! 🙂 May golden showers fill your life. ~ Hoda

  4. Hi, Hoda!

    How’s it going?

    You recently left a comment on my post “Will You Take a Stand With Me,” regarding my plan to create a high-quality premium weight loss strategy product (ebook + videos) to be made available for free. The only “string attached” is that you have to help out in some way in order to get this for free. I really hope you’ll join us.

    You don’t have to be a “health expert” or healthcare professional.

    I believe that everyone has advice or wisdom or some sort of insight to share about how to lose weight successfully. It’s an opportunity to just get involved in something bigger than all of us combined.

    http://www.ericwangpharmd.com/co-creation

    This is really one of those once-in-a-lifetime-type experiences.

    Hope you’ll join us,
    Eric

    1. Eric,
      I want to support you although I don’t have a weight issue. When I started to eat according the Breast Cancer Diet I lost 29 pounds, so am at my College weight again! I won’t be changing my diet since I am now convinced there is no other way to remain healthy but to totally avoid simple carbs, bad fats and dairy.
      What can I do to help you??
      ~ Hoda

      1. How did you do that??? That’s awesome. If you could share those tips and steps you took to lose weight, that would be super helpful.

        I’d be happy to put a backlink to your site, and direct some traffic your way if you are interested.

        Btw, thanks for the quick response

        -Eric

      2. Will do.
        My whole website is based on the Diet, and every recipe complies. I can summarize it in a separate Post … maybe that would be helpful.. Duh!
        Will add your link.
        🙂
        ~ Hoda

  5. You have a great diverse and informative space here and your posts are great, I will share your writings with my wife Ana as she likes to keep up on all subjects pertaining to natural remedys and health alternatives, thanks again for visiting my space , I run two spaces, Aussie Ian which is my poetry and my Aussie Emu site so not sure which one I am responding on at the moment, anyway thanks again and look forward to more of your works
    Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

  6. Nice info. I was fortunate to have a onco that was agreeable to my integrative approach and that was almost 9 years ago! -Keep up the good work.
    *anna

  7. Great website, I am so happy that you found mine and now I have found yours. My Mother and my sister are both cancer survivors, miraculously, and I look forward to reading your beautiful and informative posts. I am a steadfast believer in integrative medicine for myself my family and that includes my dogs.

    1. Thank you so much, and hooray for your Mom and Sis! I applaud your reliance on Integrative Medicine… we can’t promote that approach enough. Loved visiting your blog, and look forward to more visits!
      Cheers!

      1. I followed your blog so I look forward to more posts from you also. My Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and given a year to live, that was almost 8 years ago and my Sister a rare highly aggressive breast cancer 3 years ago and is doing very well, both changed their diets and have developed a healthier lifestyle and way of eating along with homeopathic supplements.

  8. Woooh this sounds amazing, I knew there were unconventional treatments that could help people to get better, but I wasn\’t aware of how far this could go. I like the thought that there\’s a website dedicated to those other methods because I fully believe in them and I\’d like to use them if someday I need to. As you said, it\’s not easy to find complete informations and it\’s always nice to be able to talk with someone who had the experience before.
    Thank you for sharing,
    Mathilde

    1. Thank you Anthony. I love your website! Helps me feel I’m visiting my favorite places and eating my favorite foods.. although now that I am wheat, dairy and sugar free it limits my options! Wishing you the best. Hoda

  9. I find your blog very helpful. I am a cancer survivor. I had thyroid cancer stage 1, 10 years ago. Now, I don’t have my thyroid anymore & had radiotherapie for a while, My mom has had ovarian cancer also 10 years ago. She also survived! Xx

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