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Alternative Therapies | Cancer

Via: Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance


Nothing could be healthier for your heart than a plateful of raw veggies, right?

Actually, a little steam treatment could be even better. New research suggests that steaming might improve the cholesterol-lowering capabilities of certain produce.

Lost in Digestion
When researchers tested the digestive effects of both raw and steamed veggies — beets, okra, carrots, eggplant, green beans, asparagus, and cauliflower — something interesting happened. It’s not clear why, but the steamed veggies did a better job of binding to bile acids. And that’s a good thing. It means more bile acids get excreted, which in turn means the liver needs more bad LDL cholesterol to make bile — which means there’s less LDL circulating in your body. Are you sure your cholesterol is under control? Take this quiz to find out.

Veggie Contingency Plan
Raw or steamed, your goal is to eat at least five servings of vegetables every day. But if you don’t always hit that goal, here are some ways to make sure that every bite of vegetables is working hard for you:

  • Find out when frozen veggies are more healthful than fresh — and vice versa.
  • Know when it’s worth it to go organic.
  • Absorb more nutrients from salads and steamed veggies with the healthy fats in these toppings.
  • Sprinkle on extra antioxidants with these herbs and spices.


Deepak Chopra brings message of peace and love to Tampa Bay area

Here is an interesting article on Deepak Chopra from the St. Petersburg Times

PALM HARBOR — They came. They saw. They didn’t conquer.

Instead, they felt the love.

More than a thousand people were expected Friday night as celebrity doctor, Deepak Chopra, a world leader in mind, body and soul medicine, came to the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club to instruct others how they could “Be the Change.”

Dale Colton, a Palm Harbor resident who works with Chopra, put the outreach program together.

[TERRI BRYCE REEVES | Special to the Times]

Deepak Chopra autographs a ticket for Donna Kashtan, who showed up two hours early to hear his talk. The proponent of mind, body and soul medicine was expected to draw more than 1,000 people to Innisbrook Resort Friday night for the presentation.

“We’re trying to bring people together and raise their collective consciousness,” she said. “Basically, the message is that we all have to start caring about each other if we want to solve the problems of humanity.”

It’s a grass roots, worldwide movement presented by the Alliance for a New Humanity, which aims to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world by connecting people and raising awareness.

Chopra is a founding director and its president.

During a phone interview earlier on Friday, Chopra — in his very gentle Indian accent — suggested that we must give up our militaristic approach to solving world problems.

“What we’ve tried in the past is just not working,” he said. “Even the peace activists are angry.”

Oh, and we may want to drop the warring rhetoric too, such as the “war on poverty,” “war on terrorism,” and “war on AIDS.”

Instead he advocates for a peaceful, nonviolent approach that involves changing ourselves, finding our passion, making a difference in our communities, then sharing our success stories through a worldwide network.

We’ll all be happier for it, he said.

He gives the example of abject poverty.

“We aren’t going to have peace when 50 percent of those in the world live on less than $2 a day and 20 percent of those live on less than $1 a day,” he said.

And trade in those tanks for turnips.

“Only 4 percent of the U.S. military budget would solve hunger,” he said.

Chopra, an endocrinologist, splits his time between New York and California .

He’s written more than 45 books dealing with themes of alternative medicine, spiritualism, life after death and such. He has also appeared on shows like CNN’s Larry King Live and Fox’s the O’Reilly Factor.

Chopra is optimistic that attitudes are changing and that we are moving in a positive direction.

“If enough people do this, we’ll have a different world,” he said. “It just takes one person at a time.”

By Terri Bryce Reeves, Times Correspondent, St. Petersburg Times
In Print: Saturday, February 7, 2009


Meet Peggy Matheson, Journey Practitioner

I attended the New Year’s Eve Celebration at One Mind Studio and got the opportunity to re-connect with one of Salt Lake City’s most interesting practitioners of Alternative Health, Peggy Matheson.  Peggy has been involved with a process called “The Journey”, which is based on the booka and discovery by Brandon Bays.  Here is a link to Brandon Bays’ story, which was quite interesting.  If you live in or near Salt Lake City, Utah contact Peggy, her information is below.
Peggy Matheson
Peggy Matheson

Journey Practitioner,
Peggy Matheson
(801) 274-3744
(801) 718-1964

Peggy Matheson is a mother, wife, singer, dancer, actress, and a Journey Practitioner. She is on a continual path of learning, growing and finding wonderful, creative ways to live life!


For years she felt plagued by unseen patterns and blocks, not able to really be whom she felt underneath she truly was: not able to do what she was truly capable of. In spite of her outward successes, she was looking for freedom from patterns that were leaving her depressed and feeling powerless. She knew she was plagued by toxic shame, which traditional therapy did not seem to help. After 2 days of learning and experiencing The Journey, she felt more connected, open, and free than ever before in her life. This was truly something powerful. And now, almost 4 years later, and after completing the year long Journey Practitioner’s program, she is a fully certified Journey Practitioner.

We can find true freedom from our silent saboteurs. There are so many more possibilities than most of us can see. If we can get on the other side of our blocks, life is different, relationships do flourish, health is possible, and spontaneous joy does happen! This is what The Journey offers… freedom!”

The Journey has gone into 17 new countries in the last 4 years alone. It has been in the U.S. for over 5 years now. To find out more information about The Journey, please go to

Local Journey Gatherings are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Brain Harmony, 1055 E. 3300 S., SLC, UT 84124, at 7 pm.

If you have any questions or would like a free consultation, please contact Peggy at:
(801) 274-3744
(801) 718-1964

Local Journey Gatherings are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month at:

Brain Harmony Technology
1055 East. 3300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84124
Time:  7: 00 PM.





Coretta Scott King Was Exploring Alternative Cancer Treatment

When Coretta Scott King died on the evening of Jan. 30, she had ovarian cancer and was in Mexico exploring treatment options, according to her family.

“Mrs. Coretta Scott King was in Mexico for observation and consideration of treatment for ovarian cancer,” King’s family said in a statement released to the media.

“She was considered terminal by physicians in the United States. Mrs. King and her family wanted to explore other options,” the statement continues.

King, a civil rights activist and the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died at age 78.

The King family’s statement doesn’t describe those other options or list a cause of death, so it’s not known if ovarian cancer took King’s life. According to the Associated Press, doctors at the alternative medicine clinic where King had been staying attributed her death to respiratory failure.

Questions About Alternative Clinic

A report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution raised questions about the clinic the allegedly attended, the Hospital Santa Monica in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, about 16 miles south of San Diego. On its web site, the clinic claims to have “a very eclectic approach to the treatment of chronic degenerative disease, diseases by and large considered incurable by the orthodox medical profession.”

Most of the clinic’s clients are cancer patients “who have been told that there is no hope, all traditional therapies have failed,” states the clinic’s web site.

Another web site,, run by Stephen Barrett, MD, questions the background of Hospital Santa Monica’s founder and director, Kurt Donsbach. According to Hospital Santa Monica’s web site, Donsbach is a DC, ND, and PhD.

The King family’s statement doesn’t name the place where King was seeking treatment in Mexico.

Tea May Cut Ovarian Cancer Risk


About Ovarian Cancer

Here are some facts from the American Cancer Society on ovarian cancer:

It kills more U.S. women than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. It is the No. 4 cause of cancer deaths for U.S. women. It is the 7th most common cancer for U.S. women, excluding nonmelanoma skin cancers. It is most common in older women (about two-thirds of patients are 55 or older). It is slightly more common in white women than black women.

When discovered in its earliest stages, ovarian cancer can often be treated, but early ovarian cancer is hard to detect. Many cases are discovered after the cancer has spread to other areas and organs, making treatment much more difficult.

No one knows exactly what causes ovarian cancer. Risk factors include:

Family history of ovarian cancer Never having been pregnant Being older than 50

New Chemo Plan for Late Ovarian Cancer


Ovarian Cancer’s Symptoms

Early ovarian cancer typically has few symptoms. The first sign of ovarian cancer is usually an enlarged ovary. The ovaries are located deep within the pelvic cavity, so swelling may go unnoticed until it becomes more advanced.

Symptoms of more advanced ovarian cancer include:

—Swollen abdomen (caused by buildup of fluids produced by the tumor)

—Lower abdominal and leg pain

—Sudden weight loss or gain

—Change in bowel or bladder function


—Swelling in the legs

Women should keep up with medical check-ups, which can help with early detection of conditions such as cancer. They should also tell their doctor about any family history of cancer.

King’s Heart Disease, Stroke

Besides ovarian cancer, King had also had other recent health challenges.

She had suffered a major stroke and minor heart attack in August 2005. Earlier that year, King had been diagnosed with a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, a form of irregular heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation is considered a risk factor for the development of ischemic stroke — the most common type of stroke — which is caused by a blood clot in the brain.

Heart disease and stroke affect people of all races, but blacks are at especially high risk. Heart disease and stroke are also leading causes of death for women, a fact that often gets overlooked.

Race, Sex, Heart Disease, and Stroke

Stroke and heart disease are major health threats for blacks, women, and the elderly — three groups to which King belonged.

While strokes are more common among men, more women die of strokes, according to the American Heart Association.

Consider these facts from the American Heart Association’s web site:

—Blacks have a much higher risk of stroke than whites.

—Blacks have substantially higher death rates for stroke than whites.

—High blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity — risk factors for stroke and heart disease — are more common among blacks than whites.

—Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women.

—Stroke is women’s No. 3 cause of death.

Stroke risk also rises with age, regardless of race or gender. Having a family history of stroke and heart disease also ups your risk of having those same problems.

Get the Facts about Ovarian Cancer


Heart Attack, Stroke Warning Signs

Call for emergency help at the first sign of a possible stroke or heart attack — don’t wait to see if symptoms pass. Quick treatment can make a big difference, but many medicines for stroke and heart attacks must be given quickly.

The American Heart Association lists these stroke warning signs:

—Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

—Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding

—Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

—Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

—Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

The American Heart Association lists these warning signs of a heart attack:

—Chest discomfort.Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.

—Discomfort in other areas of the upper body.Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

—Shortness of breath.May occur with or without chest discomfort.

—Other signs:These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness

“As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain,” states the American Heart Association’s web site.

Though race, age, and gender can’t be changed, many other risk factors for stroke and heart disease can be managed or prevented. See your doctor to gauge and lower your risk.


By Miranda Hitti, reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

SOURCES: King Center, “Statement by the King Family.” American Cancer Society: “What Are the Key Statistics About Ovarian Cancer?” AtlantaJournal-Constitution, “Clinic, Founder Operate Outside Norm.” Quackwatch.Com: “Stay Away from Donsbach University Graduates.” “The Shady Activities of Kurt Donsbach.” American Heart Association: “Stroke Risk Factors.” American Stroke Association: “African Americans & Stroke: Know the Facts.” American Heart Association: “Heart Attack, Stroke & Cardiac. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: “Ovarian Cancer and Menopause.” WebMD Medical News: “Coretta Scott King Dies.”


Dave’s Health and Nutrition to Exhibit at Alternative Medicine-Live! April 4-5, 2008

Dave Card, Owner-Author Dave Card brings a lifelong passion for health and wellness to Dave’s Heath & Nutrition. His unique balance of education, intuition and experience has drawn over 10,000 one-to-one clients in his working life – over 3,000 last year alone.

Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. He has been involved in the health and nutrition industry since 1980, graduating as a Certified Homeopath (C.H.) from the Hahnemann Academy of North America. He holds a Master Herbalist (M.H.) from the School of Natural Healing in Springville, Utah.

Health, Wellness and Education, are themed topics at Salt Lake City Two-Day Conference and Expo, entitled “Alternative Medicine-Live!”

University Park Marriott
480 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Cost:  Complimentary Tickets Available for Groups
Call 1-800-498-5640

Combining the best of alternative therapies and how they are integrated into today’s modern medical and healing practices – that is the theme of the Two-Day Conference and Expo, entitled “Alternative Medicine-Live!”, to be presented on April 4-5, 2008.

This Conference and Expo will feature exhibits, presentations, lectures, refreshments, a “Meet the Healers” reception, free samples and health testing. Open to both the public and also to the health care community, this is the fourth conference presented in the Salt Lake valley by the Alternative Medicine Network.

Combining, science, medicine and spirituality, this trade show reaches out to many practitioners, including chiropractors, psychologists, acupuncturists, energy healers, metaphysicians, chiropractors and M.D.’s.

For more information:



Healing Power of Tea.

Have a cup of tea.

According to legend, Chinese emperor Shen Nung was boiling water outside his palace about 3,000 years ago when a gust of wind blew the dried leaves of a tea bush into his pot. The leaves infused the water with amazing flavor and color — and Nung an adventurous sort, decided to taste it. And with that, the first cup of tea was invented.Today there are many flavors of tea, but all tea comes from the same plant, the Camellia sinensis.  The different flavors of tea come from how the leaves are produced and fermented.  The black tea we’re most familia with has been allowed to ferment the longest.  Green tea is fermented the shortest time.

At pennies a cup, it may be the cheapest medicine in the world.Here’s a sampling of tea’s therapeutic benefits:

  • Protects against heart disease
  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Protects against and destroys harmful bacteria and viruses
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces atherosclerosis (or hardening of the arteries)
  • Fights infections
  • Relieves migraines
  • Reduces cavities and gum disease
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Lowers LDL (bad) cholestrol
  • Raises HDL (good) cholestrol
Some of the most exciting recent findings regarding tea involve its role in fighting cancer.