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Chemotherapy warning as hundreds die from cancer-fighting drugs

Patients should be warned about the dangers of chemotherapy after research published in The Lancet Oncology showed that cancer drugs are killing up to 50 per cent of patients in some hospitals.

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For the first time researchers looked at the numbers of cancer patients who died within 30 days of starting chemotherapy, which indicates that the medication is the cause of death, rather than the cancer.

The study by Public Health England and Cancer Research UK found that across England around 8.4 per cent of patients with lung cancer, and 2.4 per cent of breast cancer patients died within a month.

But in some hospitals the figure was far higher. In Milton Keynes University Hospital, the death rate for lung cancer treatment was 50.9 per cent, although it was based on a very small number of patients. At Lancashire Teaching Hospitals the 30 day mortality rate was 28 per cent for palliative chemotherapy for lung cancer, which is given when a cure is not expected and treatment given to alleviate symptoms.  

Deaths of lung cancer patients from chemotherapy were also far higher than the national average in Blackpool, Coventry, Derby, South Tyneside and Surrey and Sussex, according to the research.

Similarly, around one in five people who underwent palliative care for breast cancer at Cambridge University Hospitals died from their treatment. Public Health England (PHE), said it had contacted the hospitals concerned to ask them to review practices.

“Those hospitals whose death rates are outside the expected range have had the findings shared with them and we have asked them to review their practice and data.”

The study looked at more than 23,000 women with breast cancer and nearly 10,000 men with 9634 non-small cell lung cancer who underwent chemotherapy in 2014. Of those treated 1,383 died within 30 days.

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The researchers also found that there were significant differences in survival for older people and those in poorer health. They advised doctors to be more careful in selecting patients for treatment where it could do more harm than good.

“The statistics don’t suggest bad practice overall but there are some outliers,” said Professor David Dodwell, Institute of Oncology, St James Hospital, Leeds, UK. He also said that “It could be data problems, and figures skewed because of just a few deaths, but nevertheless it could also be down to problems with clinical practice.”

Professor David Cameron, Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, added: “The concern is that some of the patients dying within 30 days of being given chemo probably shouldn’t have been given the chemo. But, how many? There is no easy way to answer that, but perhaps looking at those places/hospitals where the death rate was higher might help.

“Furthermore, if we give less chemo then some patients will die because they didn’t get chemo. It’s a fine balance and the more data we have the better we can be at making sure we get the balance right.”

Professor Peter Johnson, Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician, said: “Chemotherapy is an important part of treatment for many people with cancer. Having information about how well it is being delivered is vitally important to patients and to the health service.”

All the hospitals named said they had since reviewed the cases and were satisfied that chemotherapy prescribing was safe.

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Key Takeaways

  • A research published in The Lancet Oncology showed that cancer drugs are killing up to 50 per cent of patients in some hospitals.
  • The study by Public Health England and Cancer Research UK found that across England around 8.4 per cent of patients with lung cancer, and 2.4 per cent of breast cancer patients died within a month. (see the full study)
  • In Milton Keynes University Hospital, the death rate for lung cancer treatment was 50.9 per cent, although it was based on a very small number of patients.
  • At Lancashire Teaching Hospitals the 30 day mortality rate was 28 per cent for palliative chemotherapy for lung cancer, which is given when a cure is not expected and treatment given to alleviate symptoms.  
  • Similarly, around one in five people who underwent palliative care for breast cancer at Cambridge University Hospitals died from their treatment. Public Health England (PHE), said it had contacted the hospitals concerned to ask them to review practices.
  • The study looked at more than 23,000 women with breast cancer and nearly 10,000 men with 9634 non-small cell lung cancer who underwent chemotherapy in 2014. Of those treated 1,383 died within 30 days.
  • The researchers also found that there were significant differences in survival for older people and those in poorer health. They advised doctors to be more careful in selecting patients for treatment where it could do more harm than good.
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Big Pharma suffers another major blow as study debunks high cholesterol myths, admitting statins are totally worthless

Note: Even though this article is not about a Cancer Cure, or nor Cancer related at all for what matters, we thought it was a good example of how the Pharmaceutical Industry is killing millions of people in the name of their mighty God: Money.

Enter the article:

The good old days of the pharmaceutical industry are gone forever. Pharmaceutical companies have more power than ever, and the people are paying the price—too often with their lives. Now, studies have completely disproved the effectiveness of some of its most profitable drugs.

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In 2016, a huge study published in The Lancet admitted that the risks of antidepressants in children and teens far outweigh the benefits, as the drugs routinely increase suicidal behavior. Out of 14 antidepressants, only one was shown to improve depression better than the placebo.

Now, scientists are reporting that cholesterol drugs, which 15 million Americans are prescribed, are also completely worthless. A group of international researchers published a study in the BMJ Open journal that found no link between what’s known as “bad” cholesterol and death as a result of heart disease in individuals over 60 years of age.

In fact, the results found that 92 percent of people with high cholesterol actually lived longer. The best way to achieve and maintain good heart health is not through medications but through healthy lifestyle habits.

Study co-author Dr. Malcolm Kendrick said their findings show “that older people with high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels, the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol, lived longer and had less heart disease.”

The revelations are sure to have huge implications for the pharmaceutical industry, as the cholesterol drug Lipitor is the most profitable meditation of all time – raking in more than $140 billion in sales, according to Health Impact News.

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The guidelines for preventing heart disease and the buildup of plaque in the arteries need to be re-evaluated, said the study authors, adding that “the benefits from statin treatment have been exaggerated.”

But the truth is that the benefits of statins haven’t just been exaggerated, but 100 percent fabricated, as well as the “research” supporting other drugs such as antidepressants and vaccines.

Natural News reported in 2013 that the push to get even more U.S. adults on statins was facilitated by doctors tied to the industry. Physicians with the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines four years ago calling for one-third of all adults to consider taking statins – a push proven to be extremely lucrative for Big Pharma.

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When questioned about the conflict of interest, the response was: “Ties between heart doctors and Big Pharma are so extensive that it is almost impossible to find a large group of doctors who have no industry ties.”

New study says multiple vaccines at once are not safe for kids

The third major study in a matter of days to discredit the pharmaceutical industry, comes from the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, which found that giving children multiple vaccines at once is unsafe – a complete contradiction to the vaccine narrative shoved down everyone’s throats by government, drug companies and the media for decades.


“Although CDC recommends polio, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, rotavirus, Haemophilus influenzae type B, and pneumococcal vaccines for two-, four-, and six-month-old infants, this combination of eight vaccines administered during a single physician visit was never tested for safety in clinical trials,” – Neil Z. Miller.

This is at odds with a CDC report which found that mixed exposures to chemical substances and other stress factors, including prescribed pharmaceuticals, may produce increased or unexpected deleterious health effects.

So there you have it. The pharmaceutical industry, as well as the government mandated policies that support it, have absolutely no credibility, and therefore should not be trusted by anyone. The best way to maintain good health is to practice healthy lifestyle habits including eating a balanced diet, exercising and taking time to quiet the mind.

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Keys Takeaway

  • In 2016, a huge study published in The Lancet admitted that the risks of antidepressants in children and teens far outweigh the benefits, as the drugs routinely increase suicidal behavior. (see full study)
  • Now, scientists are reporting that cholesterol drugs, which 15 million Americans are prescribed, are also completely worthless.
  • A group of international researchers published a study in the BMJ Open journal that found no link between what’s known as “bad” cholesterol and death as a result of heart disease in individuals over 60 years of age. (see full study)

Lowering cholesterol with medications is a total waste of time

  • Study co-author Dr. Malcolm Kendrick said their findings show “that older people with high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels, the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol, lived longer and had less heart disease.” (source)
  • The revelations are sure to have huge implications for the pharmaceutical industry, as the cholesterol drug Lipitor is the most profitable meditation of all time – raking in more than $140 billion in sales, according to Health Impact News. (source)
  • Natural News reported in 2013 that the push to get even more U.S. adults on statins was facilitated by doctors tied to the industry. (source)
  • Physicians with the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines four years ago calling for one-third of all adults to consider taking statins – a push proven to be extremely lucrative for Big Pharma.  (source)

New study says multiple vaccines at once are not safe for kids

  • One of the major study in a matter of days to discredit the pharmaceutical industry, comes from the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, which found that giving children multiple vaccines at once is unsafe – a complete contradiction to the vaccine narrative shoved down everyone’s throats by government, drug companies and the media for decades. (see full study)
  • This is at odds with a CDC report which found that mixed exposures to chemical substances and other stress factors, including prescribed pharmaceuticals, may produce increased or unexpected deleterious health effects. (see full report)
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Florida doctor found dead after announcing a stunning breakthrough in both treatment and cure for cancer

Big Pharma companies and ‘sponsored’ medical practitioners would prefer you believe in pixie dust than alternative cancer treatments. In recent times, the demonization of chiropractors has also been spotlighted, with the American Medical Association portraying them as quacks.

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The suppression of medical science is a history backdating over decades. Coupled with the oddity of several medical researchers who were on the cusp of medical breakthroughs, meeting with unexpected and sometimes violent deaths, one’s curiosity is piqued, to say the least.

In 2015, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, an avid autism researcher and strong opponent of vaccines, was found dead. His body was floating in a North Carolina river. Police investigators claimed that the doctor killed himself.

Now:

James Jeffrey Bradstreet was one of the world’s most famous physicians. He believed vaccines caused autism. He even testified so before Congress. Twice. But he didn’t just rail against Big Pharma. He also tried to beat it.

When Bradstreet’s body was found in the Rocky Broad River in mountainous North Carolina with a bullet wound to the chest, friends, family members and patients pointed fingers at drug corporations: The FDA.

Dr. Bradstreet’s child developed autism after a vaccine shot. This made the doctor research the bad side of these vaccines, and he soon became an outspoken activist. Bradstreet offered thousands of autism patients around the globe controversial treatments. He claimed he could effectively cure kids of their autism, cancer and other maladies simply by injecting them with protein shots.

The strange deaths of Dr. Bradstreet’s collaborators

Dr. Bradstreet’s “suicide” was just one of about seven others that occurred all around the same time, and all within the holistic healing community. Dr. Bradstreet and his other now-dead colleagues had all been involved in research focused on GcMAF potential as both a treatment and cure for cancer, and one that doesn’t produce deadly side effects like conventional cancer treatments do.

The bottom line?

Six doctors on the East Coast of Florida were found dead in one month, most in similar circumstances: single gunshot wound. Although some of these cases have presented open and close cases, in the context of the above, too many questions remain unanswered. As for the case of Dr. Bradstreet, his family still are calling for answers, most of which are falling on deaf ears.

GcMAF the alternative cancer treatment that Dr. Bradstreet was working

Dr. Bradstreet was working on a molecule called GcMAF, a little known but potentially groundbreaking cure for cancer, and treatment for HIV and autism.

 

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GcMAF is a naturally occurring molecule in the body, and has demonstrated its healing properties over multiple studies, with little side effects on the patient. As with all treatments there are pros and cons, but the pros in this instance seem to outweigh chemotherapy for instance, costing less than US$2000 for a full 24-week treatment that is witnessing over 85% success rates, prolonged remissions, cure, and what appears to be a life-long immunity after treatment in a high percentage of cases.

A new microscopic footage released by First Immune shows this amazing remedy in action — the human protein GcMAF is visually seen activating the body’s own macrophages, which are then able to attack and destroy breast cancer cells in vitro.

The roughly two-minute video clip, which has been posted to YouTube, reveals the true healing power of GcMAF, a human protein that the body makes naturally but that some people lack or can’t produce in adequate volume.

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By delivering an activated version of this substance intravenously, scientists have shown that the immune system can be fully invigorated to destroy cancer cells on its own without the need for chemotherapy or radiation.

“Your GcMAF empowers your body to cure itself,” explains the website GcMAF.se, operated by First Immune. “In a healthy person your own GcMAF has 11 actions discovered so far, including two on cells, three excellent effects on the brain, and 6 on cancer. Amongst these it acts as a ‘director’ of your immune system.”

As you’ll notice in the above video, GcMAF serves as the energized mechanism for macrophages to target and eliminate breast cancer cells. The incredible mechanistic action of this substance is shown in amazing clarity, and is further described in an associated paper entitled “Multifaceted immunotherapeutic effects of GcMAF on human breast cancer cells.”

The U.S Government and the confiscation of Dr. Bradstreet research  

Dr Bradstreet’s death followed a raid on his clinic by the U.S. government confiscating his research on GcMAF and halting his treatment of his patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had outlawed its use, calling it an “unapproved drug.” However, in dozens of countries around the world, including Japan, GcMAF is legally practiced and with outstanding results.

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GcMAF has been hailed by those who use it as the “universal cancer cure”. The blood product (Globulin component Macrophage Activating Factor) can treat a range of conditions including HIV, autism, and Parkinson’s disease. Where endocannabinoids can be mimicked by the use of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) at a molecular level; the GcMAF works by stimulating the immune system and activating macrophages “so they can destroy cancer cells and other abnormal cells in the body.”

A medical organization in Japan, called Saisei Mirai, has manufactured and tested both a serum form of GcMAF that is injected into the patient, along with an oral bovine colostrum form. Products can be purchased from their website.

According to a FAQ page of Saisei Mirai, GcMAF can treat the following diseases where there is immune dysfunction or compromise: Cancer, Autoimmune diseases, Parkinson’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), among others.

In a world where cancer and other illnesses are a lucrative business, a potential miracle treatment like GcMAF can be seen as a threat. Laws such as the 1939 Cancer Act in the UK, which makes it illegal to discuss the possibility of curing cancer with your medical provider, become part of the medical world’s monopoly on profiteering from disease. Lives can be saved each year simply by repealing this act, let alone providing further funding for GcMAF research and THC repeal of prohibition.

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Key TakeAways

  • In 2015, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, an avid autism researcher and strong opponent of vaccines, was found dead. His body was floating in a North Carolina river. Police investigators claimed that the doctor killed himself. (source)
  • Dr. Bradstreet’s child developed autism after a vaccine shot. This made the doctor research the bad side of these vaccines, and he soon became an outspoken activist. Bradstreet offered thousands of autism patients around the globe controversial treatments.

The strange deaths of Dr. Bradstreet’s collaborators

  • Dr. Bradstreet’s “suicide” was just one of about seven others that occurred all around the same time, and all within the holistic healing community.
  • Six doctors on the East Coast of Florida were found dead in one month!, most in similar circumstances: single gunshot wound. Although some of these cases have presented open and close cases, in the context of the above, too many questions remain unanswered. (source)

GcMAF the alternative cancer treatment that Dr. Bradstreet was working

  • Dr. Bradstreet was working on a molecule called GcMAF, a little known but potentially groundbreaking cure for cancer, and treatment for HIV and autism.
  • GcMAF is a naturally occurring molecule in the body, and has demonstrated its healing properties over multiple studies, with little side effects on the patient. (see the full study)
  • A new microscopic footage released by First Immune shows this amazing remedy in action — the human protein GcMAF is visually seen activating the body’s own macrophages, which are then able to attack and destroy breast cancer cells in vitro. (source)
  • The roughly two-minute video clip, which has been posted to YouTube, reveals the true healing power of GcMAF, a human protein that the body makes naturally but that some people lack or can’t produce in adequate volume. (see the full video)

The U.S Government and the confiscation of Dr. Bradstreet research  

  • Dr Bradstreet’s death followed a raid on his clinic by the U.S. government confiscating his research on GcMAF and halting his treatment of his patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had outlawed its use, calling it an “unapproved drug.” However, in dozens of countries around the world, including Japan, GcMAF is legally practiced and with outstanding results.
  • A medical organization in Japan, called Saisei Mirai, has manufactured and tested both a serum form of GcMAF that is injected into the patient, along with an oral bovine colostrum form. Products can be purchased from their website. (source)

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This Root Kills 98% of Cancerous Cells in Only 2 Days

Since ancient times, the amazing health benefits and medicinal properties of dandelion have been valued and used. Apparently, this root has even more potent powers than previously thought, as scientists have found that can treat cancer!

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Dandelion significantly boosts the immune system and treats lung, prostate, and other cancer types. Dr. Caroline Hamm from the Windsor Regional Cancer Center in Ontario, Canada, found that the potent dandelion root extract effectively treats a cancer type which occurs in the elderly, that is, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.

 

 Dandelion For Killing Cancer Cells

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John Di Carlo was seventy-two when he was battling leukemia. After grueling with non effective treatments, he was brought home to settle his affairs and spend his final days with his family. As a last resort, he cancer clinic tossed him a suggestion to drink dandelion root tea. Carlo listened dutifully, and four months later, he was in remission. He has been living cancer-free for the past few years.

The doctors attributed this sudden change to the dandelion tea he drank on a regular basis. It most probably should have been the very first option offered in John’s treatment plan. Recent studies show that the dandelion root extract might work rapidly on cancerous cells, same as it evidently did in John’s case.

 

 The Groundbreaking Study

Researchers from Windsor Regional Cancer Center in Canada announced in February 2015 that approval and funding for human clinical trials on dandelion’s anti-cancer potential had been received. The researchers are testing a potent form of Dandelion Root extract on a group of 30 patients with end-stage, blood-related cancers.

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The University of Maryland Medical Center has also noted that the dandelion flower, in particular, possesses strong antioxidant properties which are helpful in averting cancer. Earlier research by Dr. Siyaram Pandey from the University of Windsor further illustrates the anti-cancer potential of dandelion.

In otherwise untreatable pancreatic cancer (which is said to have close to a 100 percent mortality rate), Dandelion Root extract was found to induce programmed cell death, also known as apoptosis, in pancreatic cancer cells. It also killed leukemia and melanoma cancer cells in humans. Dandelion Root extract similarly induced autophagy, a process by which the body maintains homeostasis through the proper elimination of damaged or malignant cells.

 

 Benefits of Dandelion

In addition to being a cancer cure, this root also has other benefits such as:

  • It helps fighting Diabetes – The roots and stems stimulate the production of insulin, which stabilizes blood sugar levels.
  • Regulates Digestive Issues – The vitamins and minerals in dandelions help cleanse the liver by filtering out impurities and increase the bile.
  • Prevent UTIs – Dandelions fight bacteria that causes Urinary Tract Infections.
  • It is a Good Source of Vitamin A – With one cup of dandelion tea, you can fight premature aging, vision impairment, and respiratory infections.
  • Strengthens Bones and Source of Vitamin K –  This reduces the risk of bone fractures and improves their health. Also, dandelions prevent tooth decay, calcium deficiency, and muscle tension.

 How to harvest, prepare, and use dandelion root?

You can harvest dandelion root at any time of the year. After you pull off  the root from the ground, cut the leaves off and gently remove the earth around the root. Make sure to not damage the root while washing it. After that, dry the root on around 100°F degrees on a sun. The whole drying procedure will take around 5 to 6 days.

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Dried dandelion root keeps its active compounds up to a year. Always store the roots in a glass jar in a cold and dark place. It is the best to use dandelion root in a form of powder. You can take a little over a half teaspoon of the powder once a day at any time and mix it with water or your favorite smoothie. Start with a little bit of the powder and as soon as you get use to the strong flavor, you can slowly increase the amount until reaching the desired dose.

Below there’s a video that explain a little more all the process. Enjoy!

 

 What about the Side Effects?

Admittedly, the taste of the dandelion root tea might not be as pleasant as that of other teas. However, its lack of side effects when applied as a cure for cancer is certainly a welcome relief. Living with the adverse side effects of radiation treatment and chemotherapy is not easy.

Conventional treatments for cancer cause harm the immune system by killing every cell including the healthy ones. Fortunately, the dandelion has the opposite effect since it boosts the immune system by exclusively targeting unhealthy cells.

 

 Conclusion

Evidently, taking dandelion tea, roots, stems, or greens on a daily basis offers a wide variety of health benefits. Its bitter taste might, however, prove to be a challenge for most people. Incorporate the bitter dandelion into a morning smoothie, otherwise swallowing an entire cup might prove impossible. Blend it with your favorite fruit to offset the bitter taste and slowly increase the dose until you reach a bit more than half spoon.

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Key Takeaways

  • Dandelion significantly boosts the immune system and treats lung, prostate, and other cancer types.
  • Dr. Caroline Hamm from the Windsor Regional Cancer Center in Ontario, Canada, the potent dandelion root extract effectively treats a cancer type which occurs in the elderly, that is, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.

Dandelion For Killing Cancer Cells

  • John Di Carlo was seventy-two when he was battling leukemia. After grueling but non effective treatments, he was brought home to settle his affairs and spend his final days with his family.
  • As a last resort, he cancer clinic tossed him a suggestion to drink dandelion root tea. Carlo listened dutifully, and four months later, he was in remission. He has been living cancer-free for the past three years.
  • The doctors attributed this sudden change to the dandelion tea he drank on a regular basis. It most probably should have been the very first option offered in John’s treatment plan.
  • Recent studies show that the dandelion root extract might work rapidly on cancerous cells, same as it evidently did in John’s case. (see full study)

The Groundbreaking Study

  • Researchers from Windsor Regional Cancer Center in Canada announced in February 2015 that approval and funding for human clinical trials on dandelion’s anti-cancer potential had been received.
  • The University of Maryland Medical Center has also noted that the dandelion flower, in particular, possesses strong antioxidant properties which are helpful in averting cancer.
  • In otherwise untreatable pancreatic cancer (which is said to have close to a 100 percent mortality rate), Dandelion Root extract was found to induce programmed cell death, also known as apoptosis, in pancreatic cancer cells. It also killed leukemia and melanoma cancer cells in humans. (study #1, study #2, study #3)
  • Dandelion Root extract similarly induced autophagy, a process by which the body maintains homeostasis through the proper elimination of damaged or malignant cells.

Benefits of Dandelions

In addition to being a cancer cure, this root also has other benefits such as:

  • It helps to fight Diabetes – The roots and stems stimulate the production of insulin, which stabilizes blood sugar levels.
  • Regulates Digestive Issues – The vitamins and minerals in dandelions help cleanse the liver by filtering out impurities and increase the bile.
  • Prevent UTIs – Dandelions fight bacteria that causes Urinary Tract Infections.
  • It is a Good Source of Vitamin A – With one cup of dandelion tea, you can fight premature aging, vision impairment, and respiratory infections.
  • Strengthens Bones and Source of Vitamin K –  This reduces the risk of bone fractures and improves their health. Also, dandelions prevent tooth decay, calcium deficiency, and muscle tension.

How to harvest, prepare, and use dandelion root?

  • You can harvest dandelion root at any time of the year. After you pull off  the root from the ground, cut the leaves off and gently remove the earth around the root. Make sure do not damage the root while washing it.
  • After that, dry the root on around 100°F degrees on a sun. The whole drying procedure will take around 5 to 6 days.
  • Dried dandelion root keeps its active compounds up to a year. Always store the roots in a glass jar in a cold and dark place.
  • It is the best to use dandelion root in a form of powder. You can take a little over a half teaspoon of the powder once a day at any time and mix it with water or your favorite smoothie.
  • Also, you can see the full video, that explain how to do it correctly.

What about the Side Effects?

  • Conventional treatments for cancer cause harm to the immune system by killing every cell including the healthy ones. Fortunately, the dandelion has the opposite effect since it boosts the immune system by exclusively targeting unhealthy cells.
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Meet Life Kitchen: The free cooking classes for people undergoing Chemotherapy

For people with cancer, its treatment often comes  with a range of side effects which can be extremely debilitating. One of the lesser known side effects is loss of taste. Many people undergoing chemo  suddenly find they can not enjoy the foods they usually do, or find that all food is tasting the same or that they cannot taste anything at all.

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Ryan Riley, a food writer and stylist who used to live in Streatham Common, lost his mom Krista to lung cancer when he was just 20-years-old. Three years on and Ryan is setting up Life Kitchen — a free cookery school that aims to offer a solution to the 50% of chemotherapy patients who experience a loss or change of taste.

 

What is Life Kitchen?

Life Kitchen is a charity initiative that will provide free cookery classes to people living with cancer and their families. The recipes  will focus on flavour and classes will be delivered by top food writers and chefs. At the moment, Chantelle Nicholson of Treadwell’s (the restaurant owned by Masterchef judge Marcus Wareing) is the patron of the charity and helping deliver the first classes and devise the recipes.

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Chef Chantelle will devise recipes that can enhance the flavour of food and help mask any metallic tastes. She is already developing a seasoning with green chili, sesame oil, palm sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds, and roasted peanuts (known as a fighting cancer foods) that could be used as a topping for anything from fish to chicken and salad. It’s about things that are going to have a really big impact on flavour and are versatile.

Also, they’re working with Macmillan Cancer Support to let people know about the classes, and to get appropriate nutritional information for their menus. The project is still in early stages right now, but one of things they want to do is to have a website, where they can post the menu online, so that, the people can pick and choose what classes they want to get a ticket to.

 How The Idea of Life Kitchen Came Out?

When Ryan was 18-years-old, his mother found out she had cancer. It was very shocking and the worst time for him and his family. He spent the next two years looking after her and was her primary carer. He experienced firsthand of all the problems she faced (like her losing her hair and the depression that comes with getting a terminal illness). Even though the chemotherapy and the radiotherapy were going to prolong her life, they weren’t ever going to cure her.

In an interview, Ryan said: “My mum also lost her sense of taste. You eat so many times a day and knowing that flavours would be dulled for the remainder of her life, made it a really depressing time.”

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“My family didn’t know then what to do and how best to support her. I wasn’t in the food industry, I was young, and I was trying to cope with her diagnosis myself, as well as trying to look after her. We were just cooking the normal food that we always cooked and when we’d go out for meals, nothing was ever good enough—not because she felt it wasn’t good food, but just because her sense of taste was dulled.”

Nowadays, Ryan is a trained cook, with hundreds of hours in professional test kitchens under his belt. Also, Ryan Riley’s work has appeared in Waitrose Food and Sainsbury’s Magazine, as well as in numerous cookbooks and television advertisements. The experience he had with his mother prompted him to develop the Life Kitchen project.

 

Does the taste really change when you are on chemo?

Cancer and its treatments can change the way some foods taste or smell. Food may taste bitter or metallic, or may not have as much flavour as before. Taste changes can contribute to a loss of appetite (anorexia), weight loss and malnutrition. Taste changes may also be called taste blindness, hypogeusia (decrease in taste), dysgeusia (altered taste) or ageusia (loss of all taste).

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According to several oncologists, taste changes can be caused by different cancer treatments and their side effects. Dry mouth, damage to the nerves involved in tasting, mouth infections, nausea and vomiting, and dental or gum disease can also have an effect on the way food tastes.

Also, a review published in 2009 in The Journal of Supportive Oncology, slightly more than two-thirds (68 percent) of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy reported a change in sensory perception, including a reduction or loss in taste sensitivities or a metallic taste in the mouth. Another 2010 study published in the peer-reviewed journal The Oncologist found that nearly 70 percent of patients receiving chemotherapy reported an altered sense of taste.

 

 Where Can You Go to Take The Life Kitchen Classes?

Life Kitchen doesn’t have a physical space yet, however, according to the their Twitter Account, the first free cooking class, will be this August! So, you have to be very aware of your social networks to known more about this classes.

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Ryan has also started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the initial £10,000 needed to establish Life Kitchen, and has already won the support of notable names in the world of food and drink with his innovative project. The fantastic project has already received high-profile support from Nigella Lawson, Grace Dent and Jay Rayner – to name just a few. So, if you want to help, you can go to gofundme.com/LifeKitchen and make a donative.

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Key Takeaways

  • For people with cancer, its treatment often comes a range of side effects which can be extremely debilitating. One of the lesser known side effects is loss of taste.
  • Ryan Riley, a food writer and stylist who used to live in Streatham Common, lost his mom Krista to lung cancer when he was just 20-years-old.
  • Three years on and Ryan is setting up Life Kitchen — a free cookery school that aims to offer a solution to the 50% of chemotherapy patients who experience a loss or change of taste.

What is Life Kitchen?

  • Life Kitchen is a charity initiative that will provide free cookery classes to people living with cancer and their families.
  • The recipes will focus on flavour and classes will be delivered by top food writers and chefs.
  • They’re working with Macmillan Cancer Support to let people know about the classes, and to get appropriate nutritional information for their menus.
  • The project is still in early stages right now, but one of things they want to do is to have a website, where they can post the menu online, so that, the people can pick and choose what classes they want to get a ticket to.

How The Idea of Life Kitchen Came Out?

  • When Ryan was 18-years-old, his mother found out she had cancer. It was very  shocking and the worst time for him and his family.
  • He spent the next two years looking after her and was her primary carer. He experienced firsthand of all the problems she faced (like her losing her hair and the depression that comes with getting a terminal illness).
  • Even though the chemotherapy and the radiotherapy were going to prolong her life, they weren’t ever going to cure her.
  • Nowadays, Ryan is a trained cook, with hundreds of hours in professional test kitchens under his belt. The experience he had with his mother prompted him to develop the Life Kitchen project.

Does the taste really change when you are on chemo?

  • Cancer and its treatments can change the way some foods taste or smell. Food may taste bitter or metallic, or may not have as much flavour as before.
  • Taste changes can contribute to a loss of appetite (anorexia), weight loss and malnutrition. Taste changes may also be called taste blindness; hypogeusia (decrease in taste), dysgeusia (altered taste) or ageusia (loss of all taste).
  • A review published in 2009 in The Journal of Supportive Oncology said; that slightly more than two-thirds (68 percent) of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy reported a change in sensory perception; including a reduction or loss in taste sensitivities or a metallic taste in the mouth. (see full study)
  • Another 2010 study published in the peer-reviewed journal The Oncologist found that nearly 70 percent of patients receiving chemotherapy reported an altered sense of taste. (see full study)

Where Can You Go to Take The Life Kitchen Classes?

  • Life Kitchen doesn’t have a physical space yet, however, according to the their Twitter Account, the first free cooking class, will be this August! So, you have to be very aware of your social networks to known more about this classes.
  • Ryan has also started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the initial £10,000 needed to establish Life Kitchen, and has already won the support of notable names in the world of food and drink with his innovative project.
  • So, if you want to help, you can go to gofundme.com/LifeKitchen and make a donative.