How My Mum Beat Cancer

I posted this a few years ago on my personal Facebook page and now wanted to share this deeply personal and very exciting story with the rest of you…

1 week before this last Christmas I got given the most wonderful present in the world…. here’s what happened.

Just over a year ago (October 2014) my mum Alli was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a family we weighed up the different treatment options, carefully investigating research and EBM (evidence based medicine) papers. As a family who has never been one to opt for “drugs as first port of call”, and after a lot of prayer, mum felt convicted to try natural therapies.

Mum asked me to support her through this, but as someone who was still studying I didn’t feel well enough equipped to handle this, and as her daughter I didn’t feel that I could be completely objective with her treatment. But that didn’t stop me from researching the heck out of this, asking my mentors for help and finding mum the best damn practitioner I could. 

Mum spoke with her doctors about her choice and presented them with a comprehensive list of things I’d compiled for her of things she needed to implement. One doctor was supportive, the other was not, despite the thorough EBM and treatment plan presented to him.

Thankfully, I know a pretty amazing naturopath who was fantastic in the treatment she prescribed. I’d implemented many things for mum already, so it was nice to know I was on the right track and to have her add a few extra things to the mix.

Mum has been amazingly compliant (kudos ma, coz your treatment was tough and rather depressing on the food front!!!) with what was an incredibly strict diet and treatment programme and today was rewarded with the news from her oncologist that she is 100% cancer free!!!!!!!! 

Not everyone has been supportive of the choice to use natural remedies to treat cancer, with many people being downright nasty during a time that was already difficult and emotional for everyone involved. I was told that I was playing with her life and even had people question if I actually loved my mum because I was stupid to gamble with her health. To those people I say, I will happily be called stupid, naive and a quack a thousand times over if it means that mum could be cancer free without damaging drugs, without radiation, without chemotherapy, without nasty side effects and without 10 to 15 years of follow up treatment.

This was such a rewarding experience for me to see the thing that I am so passionate about and truly believe in being proven.  Nutritionists and naturopaths often come up against a lot of criticism due to the lack of EBM available as a result of the major deficit of funds available for natural therapies research.

This is not to say that natural remedies are always the best option, but that are a credible one. You should always speak with your healthcare practitioner to discuss the best treatment options for you, though I do encourage people to explore the options available to them.  Pharmaceuticals are often not the only or best choice for your health and it pays to be educated on what is going into your body.

So here’s to nutritional medicine and kicking cancer’s butt!

 

Turmeric Capsules and Arthritis

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Bomb
Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Bomb

I absolutely love that I’m the first person my 92 year old grandma calls when she has health issues. Struggling with arthritis in her hands, she’s asked for some pain relief. Using all organic ingredients, I mixed up some capsules for her that have turmeric powder, hemp protein, coconut oil and black pepper. I spent about 1.5 hours syringing them into veggie capsules for her. 
Turmeric powder is rich in curcuminoids, which is noted for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The black pepper and coconut oil are really important for creating bioactivity, which essentially means you’re getting more of the good stuff from what you’re consuming. Hemp protein isn’t yet legal to be sold for consumption in Australia, so please don’t take this as a recommendation for this. I’ve popped it into the combination because I know my Granny dear doesn’t eat enough, and even a little extra protein will help.
On the advice of a vet friend, I also give these to the furry members of my family.

To read more about the effects of turmeric on arthritis check out this link  

I’d love to know what your favourite home remedies are.

Peace, love and health,
Mandah xo

Essential Oils for Essential Wellbeing

A gorgeous friend gave me these little rolly bottles and a bracelet made from volcanic rock for absorbing essential oils. I have stopped wearing perfume for a while now because of all the health issues they can cause. I still want to smell delicious though, so wear essential oils instead. The first one I’m making is for immune support to help ward off any sniffles as we come into winter. Using fractionated coconut oil as a base, this one contains orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary. I smell like Christmas!

Why not try making your own perfumes from essential oil? I would love to hear what your favourite combinations are.

Peace, love and health,

Mandah xo