Guest Blog: Fighting Cancer with Better Nutrition


Guest Blogger: Jilian Mckee

I have been contacted by Jilian Mckee, an author in “The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog.” Bringing a wealth of personal and professional experience to the organization, Jillian McKee has worked as the Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance since June of 2009. Jillian spends most her time on outreach efforts and spreading information about the integration of complementary and alternative medicine when used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment. (Read more)

Here is an article Jilian wanted to share with us here at Cognitive Dimension. Please check out her very interesting and informative blog posts (here) and share.

Fighting Cancer with Better Nutrition

After being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer or another disease whose effects or treatment cause considerable debilitation, you may have to reconsider certain aspects of daily life including exercise or nutrition. Both exercise and nutrition remain important parts of life while undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. For many cancer patients, exercise is something that doctors should monitor and adjust as your condition changes. Nutrition may require supervision as well, but with this, you can retain some independence while still having a significant impact on the way that you feel and recover.

How Food Can Hurt

Many of the foods that people commonly eat have been linked quite definitively to cancer risks. Anything high in saturated fats, such as meat-based dishes, desserts and processed foods, can increase cancer risks. Often, it is not the food itself, but the way in which it is prepared that causes problems. From example, most doctors would admit that sea food is generally healthy. However, when it is breaded or dipped in oil, it is now just another possible cancer risk.

If you have already been diagnosed, continuing to consume these dishes will contribute to ill health and deter the proper functioning of your body. Foods that are low in fiber or high in refined sugars are also bad for you. Low fiber makes it difficult to clear your digestive system while high sugar content can lead to diabetes. That is the sort of complication that you do not need during cancer treatment.

How Food Can Help

The right items in your diet can do more than just provide you with delicious meals during treatment. Food can have a very beneficial effect on your general health. The right meals can assist you during therapy by increasing your body’s ability to withstand the more difficult treatments and help you to rebuild tissues that were damaged by radiation or chemotherapy. Below are some of the most key nutrients.

  • Carbohydrates

These nutrients provide your body with energy. Proteins and fats are also fuel sources, but your body prefers to convert carbohydrates into energy. Sugar is a carbohydrate; however, try to incorporate a high quantity of complex carbohydrates, from wheat bread and whole grain pastas, into your diet instead. These sources of energy will break down slowly in your system and lessen the damaging effects of large amounts of sugar.

  • Proteins

Protein is critical for rebuilding tissues. Your muscles and your organs are all made from a variety of proteins. Your body can synthesize most of these proteins, but there are nine amino acids in which it can only acquire through diet. Many people assume that meat is the primary source for protein. Meat often has a high fat content and can be very unhealthy. Protein should be obtained through plants such as beans, fruits, and vegetables or from nuts.

  • Fats

Some fat in your diet is required, but much less than the average person in a developed country now eats. Keep the calories from fat in your diet beneath 15% if possible. Unsaturated fats are best, which are not closely linked to many health problems.

Fiber is not a nutrient like the others so it does not function as an energy source. However, fiber plays an important role in creating bulk while digesting. This allows your body to dispose of wastes without hurting itself. Insufficient fiber can lead to digestive issues and cause damage to your intestines. Diverticulitis, the formation and infection of pockets in your intestinal tract, is a result of a lack of fiber.

Advice from a registered dietician about your diet will prove beneficial after a diagnosis of cancer. They can help in planning meals in order to feel better while undergoing treatment. Much of the decision-making will be up to you, though, as you plan your daily menus.

Written by Guest Blogger: Jilian Mckee

Check out Jilian’s blog: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/jillian/

 

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Putting Things in Perspective


Ever since we learned how to talk, it was imperative to tell people how old we were, “I am Two”,  “I am three and a half”. Of course, when children say it, it sounds so cute. As we get older, we start measuring things in the same exact way we did as children, using years, days and months; which seems the only normal way of doing things.

We make this much money a year, we will retire at this age or in this many years. All seemed going smoothly until we discovered that animal years are different from that of a human. For instance, a 14 years old dog is considered to be like an 82 years old man in human years. So when we look at a dog that is 14 years old, he might be thinking “This human is more like a dinosaur, he is at least 200-250 years old”, right?

So we just did a comparison between two living organisms, the human being and the dog. We can definitely expand the list to include mammals, fish and all sorts of other species.

Now the fun part begins. I think by now you might have an idea of what I am proposing. Let us compare our human years to the years in heaven. Are they the same? Are they different? Well, what if they’re different. What if one day in heaven is equivalent to one year on earth? What if one day equates to 100 or a million years?

Now here’s where the scary thought really is. What if God has a day off?

If our time here on earth is relatively equal to heaven’s time, then we risk an entire 24 hour without any divine interference due to God’s day off. Think globally now! Galaxies, planets etc… Everything is hanging by a thread.

If our time here on earth is vastly different from heaven’s time, then what? If our earthly 100 years equate to one day, and that happens to be the day God decided to have a day off, then what? Then the fun begins. Do you really want to be around on God’s day off?

You would pray to God, but he’s not listening because it’s his day off. Try praying in a 100 years when he’s available.

P.S: I am not saying that God has a day off. I am not trying to insult anyone, but I’m simply trying to put things in perspective. Be grateful to what you have.

Juice Recipes to Lower High Blood Pressure


After having covered general juice recipes such as: Green Juice Recipes, Jay Kordich – Juice Recipes, Detox Juice Recipes, Juice Recipes for Ailments, and Juice Recipes for Pregnancy, I think it is time to start posting juice recipes for specific ailments.

Here are some juice recipes that may help you combat high blood pressure

Celery is one of the most important vegetables we have to use daily. Celery provides a natural way to lower blood pressure. Drink celery juice as much as you can… If you cannot tolerate its bitter taste mix it with a bit of orange juice (which would also give you a vitamin C kick.) Read more here.

Beat High Blood Pressure with Beet. A recent research study discovered that drinking just 500 ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce blood pressure. Read more here.

Lemon juice with water is such a refreshing and quenching drink, especially in the hot summer days. Adding Lemon juice to your water will help alkalize your system and is also shown to lower blood pressure… even if it does nothing, why not change the taste of your water from time to time 🙂

Juice 1/4 cantaloupe and blend in a banana and enjoy the yummy effect… both ingredients have potassium which will help reduce high blood pressure.

Green juice is mainly beneficial to all ailments and will definitely improve your overall health and stamina.
All of these vegetable juices make the blood more alkaline and can help remove cholesterol deposits on arteries that lead to the heart. Read more here.

Last but not least, the quatro super juice ingredients Kale, Celery, Carrot and Beet. Juice the ultimate ingredients and you’ll not only combat blood pressure but you’ll conquer all aliments and regain your full health and vigor.

Rasha Nasser Khalil

Once Upon a Time… (1)


Once upon a time on a not too far galaxy from here… As a matter of fact I can take you there. Really! it’s just around the corner. If you want we can go there right now. Even better, I will give you directions.
From this location, keep going straight until you hit the second stop light, you make a left. In less than half a block you will see a grocery store, you walk into it, around the middle of the second aisle, on the third shelf from the bottom you will see the Galaxy I was referring to. Just so no one gets confused, it’s the regular plain Galaxy bar, no nuts, no caramel. Anyway, on that specific galaxy was a coupon with a discount and I bought it… The End.

— Raghid Khalil Khalil

Juice Recipes for Pregnancy


The importance of juicing has been highlighted many times in my previous posts; Green Juice Recipes, Jay Kordich – Juice Recipes, Detox Juice Recipes and Juice Recipes for Aliments.

Juicing for pregnant women is even more important. The instant rush of nutrients in your system will help you and your baby stay nourished and feeling clean…

Here are a few juice recipes I personally am trying through my journey in pregnancy and are really doing wonders to my overall health.

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Pregnant women require a lot of vitamins and nutrients to support their growing baby… this juice recipe contains a plethora of nutritious elements… Oranges are well known for their high concentration of vitamin C, but the citrus fruit also contains many other vitamins and nutrients. Oranges also contain vitamin A, many of the B vitamins, and vitamin E, making them a regular part of a healthy and balanced diet (read more). Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Spinach and Asparagus are extremely rich in antioxidants and are also a good source of vitamin A and C as well as being rich in folate and fiber.

Most pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting throughout their first trimester… try the apple, celery and a bit of ginger juice and you’ll automatically feel better.

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One extra annoyance during pregnancy is constipation. The release of pregnancy hormones relax the bowel and alter the digestive system while prenatal vitamins further contribute to constipation and bloating. Try the two recipes above. My personal recommendation is to eat a big bowl or two of salad daily… it will help you overcome this bloated feeling and keep you regulated throughout your pregnancy.

Folates are crucial for pregnancy especially in the beginning. I had this juice when I was in my first few weeks of pregnancy. I blended a banana with the juice mixture and it turned out to be an excellent recipe.

Bottom line… pregnant or not, you can utilize the above recipes to improve your vitamin intake and overall nutritional health.

Rasha Nasser Khalil

Also see my other juice recipe posts:

– Having a Baby… Juice Juice Juice 

– Juice Recipes for Weight Loss 

– Juice Recipes to Lower High Blood Pressure

– Juice Recipes for Ailments

– Detox Juice Recipes

– Jay Kordich – Juice Recipes

– Green Juice Recipes

Human Nature


Why are people in constant conflict?

Religion: That is the first thing that comes to people’s mind. My religion is the right one and yours is not, I am going to heaven and you are not.
Let us assume for a moment that we are all born into one religion. Even better, let us eliminate the existence of sects within a religion. Now we’re all the same. We shouldn’t have to have any conflict right? Wrong.

Race: You do realize that we are still different because of our race, you’re of a color and I am of another. And my color is superior to yours.
Fine let us assume that we’re all the same race, one color and you pick it if you want to.

Politics: It’s true we might believe in the same religion and that we’re of the same race, but my country is a stronger country than yours. We have missiles and you don’t, we went to space and you didn’t.
Good point, let us remove the invisible borders, and let us assume for a moment that we all share one country and it’s called earth. So if you went to the moon, then we all did.

Language: I can’t believe people speak such languages or such dialects, well if only you could speak the same way I do, wouldn’t that be better, at least we could communicate.
Again, for the sake of argument, let us agree that we all have one spoken language and one dialect. After all we’re trying to diffuse any possible tension that may arise.

What about money, I made my first million when I was 30 and you still work from 9 to 5 trying to keep the food on your table.
Excellent point, but again for argument’s sake we all make the same exact money. As a matter of fact, we all have jobs that are equally satisfying, with the same exact benefits; Doctors and teachers all make the same dollar amount. You know what? I take that back. No one gets paid in money, they all have cookie cutter homes and they all receive food on daily basis. The reason they work is for fun. So having a million or a billion dollars means nothing, because no one deals with money anymore.

By now, one would think we have eliminated every possible way a human being might come up with as an excuse to start a conflict. Unfortunately we are far from being there.
– I am 6 feet tall and you are not. I have muscles and you don’t, I have this and you have that.
– I have 5 kids and you have four.
– I am a man and you’re a child.
– I am a boy and you are a girl.

The question is? When does it all end? This goes to show you that even if we try to manipulate the things that we possibly can, the human being will never thrive except on things that makes him feel a step ahead of another. It’s human nature to step on another cause that’s the only way to get closer to what they believe to be success.

It’s a vicious circle; no matter where you start the end result is the same, “conflict”. People got so used to being in conflict that they even created the word “conflict of interest” . Then they moved up a notch in their level of conflict, “conflicting ideas”, “working through our conflicts” etc.. They even created a “conflict resolution research” which ironically involves “Conflict Management” .

I’m sure some of you will object to it and might stir up some conflicting counter arguments, and to that I apologize in advance. As a matter of fact I urge you to forget about having read this article. Just assume it doesn’t exist and things are as normal as you have always been used to them being. This never happened. Listen to my voice,. I will now start counting backward. When I reach “one” you will be fully awake:
Five : You are now in a state of shock at what you have read, but you believe it makes sense.
Four: You somehow start feeling more at ease and believe you should have a different outlook on life and things around you.
Three: You are getting closer and closer to reality, but you’re not afraid anymore, and you have nothing to show off but your purity.
Two: You are now re-emerging , and you feel great. You are an equal.
One: You are now fully awake and present with us. Welcome to life.

— Raghid Khalil Khalil

My Four Day “Juice Fast”


I previously posted a blog on “The Gerson Therapy” where I have mentioned that I watched five documnetaries about health and its relation to food.

I decided to try the “juice fast” that was mentioned in the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead directed by Joe Cross. It was inspiring how the two characters lost weight and got their health back with the “juice fast”. They fasted for 60 days which I will not undergo. I decided on only 4 days. I knew that the first day was going to be hard, like any other hard thing you go through when you face change. But I learned that I should embrace change and go with it because through the journey you learn new things about yourself. You grow in the process without even realizing.

I personally want to detox my body and give it a break from all the food that I am consuming. I am an avid gym-aholic. I exercise daily and try to eat healthy. I did an extensive research for juice recipes, vitamins and minerals present in vegetables and fruits. I wanted to make sure that I got my daily requirements of all the nutrients required for staying safe. Here are my juice fast logs for the four days.

Day 1:

I drank a couple of cups of water and an apple-carrot juice in the morning before heading to work. A few hours passed and I started to get this huge headache from the caffeine withdrawal. I got myself a cup of green tea and continued with my work. At noon I drank a cup of already prepared carrot juice and enjoyed its quenching and soothing taste on my palate. Time passed quickly at work and it was time to head back home. I got home and prepared my green detoxifying juice of the day: 1/2 beet, 6 leaves of kale, half a lemon, thumb of ginger, an apple and a cucumber. This juice just filled my body with energy as soon as I had it. Might as well use this energy, I headed to the gym and ran for 30 minutes. After a soothing shower my sweet tooth was starting to nag on me so I prepared a pear and apple juice. I did not know that it was this sweet and satisfying. I enjoyed the rest of my night with my husband watching TV and headed to sleep feeling like I have triumphed in an olympic competition and earned the gold medal and took it home with me.

Day 2:

I did not have work today. Did an orange and clementine juice in the morning. Such a rush of energy and sweetness. The foam in the juice and the satisfying  aroma and taste where exhilarating. It was as if I had orange juice for the very first time. I kept myself busy throughout the day. Had a blackberry and grape juice as a snack. Got my mean green juice and apple-carrot-celery juice for lunch. I wanted to get some beta-carotene into my system so I prepared a sweet potato-celery-apple and ginger juice. Some of the many effects of beta-carotene are: prevent headaches, heartburn, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and slows down the ageing process.  For dinner I fixed myself a grape-clementine-pear juice. I felt clean inside out. The energy level  I had was impressive. Looked forward to day 3.

Day 3:

Woke up excited to have the orange and clementine juice of the morning. I felt like a kid waiting for their snack their mom promised to give after having eaten all their food. It tasted so good and succulent that I still am in awe with how my taste buds are responding. I had my friend over and I offered her a carrot juice. I followed my morning juice with a clementine, grapes, apple, and sweet potato juice. I did some toning exercises in the afternoon and quenched my thirst with a cup of carrot-celery juice. At night my husband and I went to the movies, but before heading off I prepared my mean green juice for the night. I felt that things are becoming easier. Lost 2 kg already. Day 4 is next to test my will to carry on.

Day 4: 

Got a grapefruit juice in the morning and started off my Saturday with chores and a visit to the farmers market for fresh produce. Got my noon carrot-celery juice. In the evening I prepared a green juice. Got hungry at night so I fixed myself an orange-grape juice and headed off to bed feeling clean inside out.

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All in all I would definitely repeat this “juice fast” from time to time. I felt that my body took the break it needed. The weight that I have lost (2+kg) got my spirit up and my stamina to continue a healthy approach to living. I tested my will and my perseverance. Through the four days I realized how lucky and unappreciative we might tend to be for what we have in life. We take things for granted and assume it is our right to have what we have. I recommend the “juice fast” because it puts you back on the ground, it opens your spiritual wings and shows you that you should eat to live and not live to eat. You should appreciate what you have and give thanks.

Try it and test your limits.

— Rasha Nasser Khalil