‘What you can do to prevent cancer’

It’s not a cheerful subject but cancer is something we hear about more and more. I don’t think we should shy away from it. Both my parents have had cancer. My Mum when she was 36, she is now 71, and my Dad a few years ago. Cancer has often been spoken of in our house. My parents survived, my Auntie Joan did not.

I was trawling through a local bookshop the other day, something I love to do, and I came across a book called ‘What you can do to prevent cancer’ by John McKenna he is ‘a scientist, a retired medical doctor who has been practising natural medicine for 25 years’.

Because of my parents experiences I thought I knew a good bit about what cancer is and how it ‘works’ well it turns out I need to correct some of the ideas I have and in doing so could help myself strengthen my own immune system to fight against it. It is no guarantee but now I am in my mid 40’s cancer is something I think about more regularly. I’d also like to try to help my husband stay cancer free too. So, I am reading this book and would like to pass on some things I have learned.

  • It’s a western disease – African and other non westernised countires have lower forms of cancer: cancers related to chronic infections eg hepatitus.
  • It used to be an illness of the young and elderly as their immune systems being underdeveloped or in decline.
  • We develop cancer cells everyday it is a normal process, dealt with by our immune system, it is when this system goes awry problems occur.
  • A great many cancers are ‘exogenous’ that is ‘external so can be prevented’
  • Cancer’s main source of energy is glucose so that’s refinded carbohydrates – rice, pasta, porridge, potatoes, bread and – of course – sugar.
  • ‘Genes are only a small part of the picture’lifestyle and enviroment are a bigger factor and it is the ‘interaction between our genes and enviroment that determines’ whether our genes will be triggered.
  • ‘Epigenomes are the receptors in DNA that are a major factor in determining whether cancer will develop’
  • ‘The single major enviromental influence on epigenome is diet’
  • During the 2nd world war food was scarce so agricultural chemicals were developed to boost crops, these nirtogen fertilisers weakened plants making them ‘susceptible to infection’ so pesticides were developed to ‘strenghten’ them. These chemical are still in our enviroment.
  • Agricultural chemicals have been around since 1949 younger farmers don’t necessarily know how to farm without them.
  • Antibiotics are oversubscribed which weakens the immune system.
  • We should not eat ANY processed foods.
  • We should not eat anything anything labled low fat as this = high sugar.
  • Perfumes and body products are still not properly regulated they, like plastic, contain hormones disruptors.

My husband and i live in the countryside and love where we live. We work hard for this to be our home. We are surrounded by fields and nature – agricultural fields. As we are far from the main road we have a well as our water source and the water runs off the hills surrounding us. Hills and fields that are sprayed at various times of the year. The first thing we are having done is have our water tested. I am not panicing but I would like to be better informed.

I will continue reading, learning and reporting.

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Monsieur, you are spoiling us..

On this day of thanksgiving I am thankful. I am also full. Of food. Lucky me.

I was invited by our band leader Jon Coleman and his wife Jenna and Trace’s manager, JW, and wife Debra for dinner. My first American Thanksgiving and I am grateful indeed! When you are not used to having a glutenfree member in your household it’s a bit of an undertaking to have someone in for the day but I was catered for like a princess.

At half 7 this morning I got an email from JW to ask if I was allergic to pecan as he was up making a glutenfree pecan pie from a recipie left by his great grandmother. Jon C made the turkey, the taters, the green bean casserole, the cranberry sauce, and in addition to the stuffing and gravy he made for the other 7, I got my own stuffing and gravy. How could you not be thankful?

A houseful of happy folk and a two little boys running about being cute it was just the ticket for someone who, though loves her job, can feel far from home at times and the warm welcome was a blessing. I came back to my hotel and facetime’d my Hubby and told him all my news. Missing him now more than ever but from the original 46 days away we’re now down to 25. Time does fly when you’re having fun.

We’re back on the bus tonight and actually I have been missing my road family. I’m sure it’s not mutual, as they all will have been home in their own beds with their families, but I’m looking forward making some more great music with these good folks and I did buy a new dress I just have to wear…

Whatever gets you through, whatever gets you through.. 😉

If I see another taco…

Eating on the road can be a challenge. Especially if you’ve specific dietary requirements. I don’t eat wheat. My husband is gluten-free. The first dinner we went for there was no shortage of conversation, it was a match made in heaven. He’s a coeliac. I have endometriosis. I manage that by not eating wheat, if you cut out monthly hospital visits ending in morphine injections, you’d stop eating wheat too. Tell that to every diner, restaurant, venue, coffee shop, some just do not get it.

My husband toured the USA for 10 weeks with one particular project. He was the only gluten-free member of the group. For 7 nights solid, each a different venue, he got a caesar salad. Now, fortunately, I can eat salad till it is coming out my ears but my poor husband does not feel the same way. He has even experienced an italian restaurant who could not make a sauce without flour as all their sauces were started with a roux. Last time I checked a roux was french.

Now riders take care of some of this. There will always be a salad, vegetables, potatoes but meats will likely have sauces and fish too, so I come prepared. Rice crackers and peanut butter, hummous and tacos. Some weeks however it can end up being just one taco too many.

Wholefoods is my favourite shop in the USA. I like wandering food shops in all countries as I like to see what different foods, fruits and local produce they have particualr to there but Wholefood in the USA for anyone with allergies or the like is a mecca. Yes you will have to pay a bit more but you know on walking in it’s hallo’d doors you’ll be able to walk out with so many treats, healthy options and after-gig-rewards touring life just takes on a whole new bounce!