Monthly Archives: October 2014

“How did I have the courage to not get a mastectomy that my doctors recommended?”

I’ve received my very first question!  Thank you Carol for asking me, “Where did I get my courage?”

One of the reasons that I’m writing my book “The Art of Living” is because I have had an unusual life. When I was just thirty-three years old, five neurosurgeons told me that I was going to die in six months to a year, from an inoperable brain tumor. Who would have ever thought this would ever be to my advantage when I was told, years later, that I needed a mastectomy — but it most certainly was!

Because five out of five (of the best doctors that I could find) had been wrong in my past, I could not possibly believe that everything doctors say is true. I knew that doctors are just like the rest of us and that that they too make mistakes. I certainly make mistakes, so why can’t they? After all, we are all only human.

Plus the more I understand how our bodies work, the more amazed I am. I always believed that Our Maker would not have made us so magnificently and then just leave us to fend for ourselves. When I was taught as a child that we had immune systems, I smugly thought “I knew it!”

I told my surgeon that I am not someone to make quick decisions and he said that he would not be comfortable if I waited longer than a month to have the mastectomy. I promptly did much research.

Fortunately I have loving and intelligent friends in my life — people to whom I can turn to for help. My dear friend Julianne Eanniello, http://www.inquirewithjulianne.com, helped me to ground and focus myself and to get my thoughts together. Her love is felt in everything this woman does.

Dr. Lillian Poston, http://www.highthymusfoundation.com/program.html, asked me questions and patiently listened to my answers as I expressed what my beliefs. This helped me to understand myself better and to clarify things in my own head. Dr. Lillian next calmly and generously shared her thoughts with me, which helped me to understand that others had overcome cancer using natural means before and that she had much faith in me.  I felt such relief and gratitude for this truly gifted and exceptionally loving woman. Before I left, Dr. Lillian handed me a CD titled “Cancer is Curable Now,” http://programs.naturalnews.com/cancer_is_curable_now__nn.htm, which I took home and eagerly watched.

The film is about Marcus Freudenmann and his wife Sabrina, a naturopathic doctor as they traveled around the world, filming holistic professionals who work in the field of cancer alternatives — doctors, scientists, researchers and writers. A wide variety of natural cancer treatments, that have been quite successful, is represented. The Freudenmann’s created this film to get the world’s attention and it certainly did mine!

A few days later another caring and big-hearted friend BJ Gaynor, http://www.innerpossibilities.com, handed me a copy of Bill Henderson’s protocol from his book titled “Cancer Free” and respectfully said, “You might want to consider this.” In less than two seconds I knew that this was what I was looking for.

Years ago, Dr. Lori Leyden, http://magical-living.com/about_lori.html, from whom I learned stress management (after I got radiation damage from treatment on the brain tumor) had taught me that my body knew answers before I often intellectually did. Lori taught me the many advantages to listening to my body, and that we all can develop and fine-tune our intuition. Since I had learned to develop mine, when BJ handed me the papers, I could feel “YES” shouting loudly from every single cell in my body.

Does this answer your question as to where I got the courage Carol? Not having surgery just made far more sense to me and felt right, so I’d have to say my life’s experience contributed a lot and being blessed with having loving, intelligent, supportive and generous people in my life, as well as having a strong belief in God, is the short answer. All contributed to my belief that I could rid my body of cancer using natural means and avoid having surgery.

I would be remiss if I did not mention that I had learned the importance of empowering myself years before and to stop questioning and working against myself, as many people do. In fact, I think this is so important that it would be a good subject for a future blog.

Thank you again for your question Carol. Please keep these questions coming. I love sharing what I have learned from my experience and from what I have gratefully learned from so many wonderful people.

Together we can make the world a far healthier place. In addition to your questions, don’t forget to share your vegan recipes too, so that we all can help people eat a heathy diet, help people rid themselves of cancer and help keep cancer from ever reoccurring in others.

Love to you all,

Sandi

Lemony Kale Chips Recipe

Remember the Lay’s potato chip commercial — “I bet you can’t eat just one!” Those of us concerned about our health wouldn’t want to eat even one today! We certainly still may crave a salty snack. I know that I certainly do. Kale chips are perfect for this! And they are good for you and kids love them too.

There are many different recipes for these, so you can make them according to your taste. I haven’t yet discovered any way of making them that I did not like. The following recipe is my favorite so far, however I would suggest Googling “Kale Chips” and seeing if any other recipe looks even better to you and try it. They are healthy and easy to make, so try making them a number of ways.

It is important that you use organic kale because kale is part of “The Dirty Dozen” — meaning they have a higher amount of chemicals on them than most vegetables. (You can Google “Dirty Dozen” and print out a list of the these fruits and vegetables, as well as those that you need not buy that are organic—such as avocados. Keep these lists in your wallet, to refer to whenever you are grocery shopping. You’ll eat healthier and save money too.) Because this recipe calls for lemon zest, be sure to only buy organic lemons.

Lemony Kale Chips

Ingredients

A bunch of kale, with stems trimmed off (because they are bitter but can be saved for soups) Break leaves into bite-size pieces. Wash well using cold water and dry with paper towels.

3 tablespoons of olive oil

2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar (Shake bottle before pouring)

2 tablespoons of lemon zest, from about two large lemons.

If cooking in an oven:

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place in a large bowl and toss all ingredients together, tossing well like you would any salad.

Spread evenly on two cookie sheets, trying not to let any of the pieces touch one another.

Place in oven but keep a close eye on it, because it can burn very easily. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets and turning kale over with a spatula, about half way through. Kale ought to be dark and crisp but not burnt when done.

If you have a dehydrator:

This is my preferred method to cook kale chips because it will not burn, so I need not have to worry about this. Cook for the first hour at 135 degrees and the next 3-4 at 115 degrees.

Regardless of what way you cook your kale chips, they are good but they are best eaten right away while they are crisp, before they can absorb any humidity. Write me back and let me know how you liked this recipe or let me know how you like to make kale chips best.

Together we will help people to get healthier, overcome cancer or help stop it from reoccurring.

Thanks a lot.

Love, Sandi

Acceptance

Have you ever awakened in the morning feeling loved and appreciating your life and all the people in it? Today I had one of those mornings. I literally woke up with a smile on my face.

Last Friday I had an appointment with my physical therapist Ron Agostini, owner of Physical Therapy of Mystic, in Groton, CT. Ron began, as he always does, by using kinesiology to ask my body where it needed his help on that day. Despite originally coming to him with a problem with my arm, he held both sides of my temples and jaw, for roughly 3 to 4 minutes.

My sight got very blurry and I began seeing waves and I felt an intense sadness as tears fell down my cheeks. When he released his hands, Ron reassuringly replied, “I think we just discovered where you’ve been holding your stress.”

Since my jaw has felt “lighter” than it had in years and I do not want to hold onto any addition stress, I’ve been focusing on seeing and accepting whatever comes my way. I’m doing my best to remain calm and connected within, and accepting what is.

Life and people always surprise us because they are so unpredictable. Everything changes and life is always filled with surprises. Having the ability to accept whatever comes our way and to embrace it, transforms us in many positive ways.

I know that it’s not easy to accept and embrace anything when we are in pain and suffering, so what I have found helps is to first start by cultivating acceptance with less difficult things. Start small and often, and soon you’ll be prepared when difficult challenges come your way.

Have you noticed that whenever we fight and resist things, we generate additional problems for ourselves and that our thinking often becomes distorted? We can accept what’s happening, see the positive, and choose a peaceful state of mind or we can fight, be miserable, and struggle.

Being sick and getting easily fatigued for so many years, forced me to think about how I wanted to use the energy I had. By accepting that everyone has their own perspective — and by understanding and accepting that everyone is supposed to and respecting this — has made my own life run so much smoother. By accepting that my way isn’t the only way to see things, has helped my body to grow stronger too.

By accepting and viewing things from a calm perspective and focusing on how to solve problems —and avoiding blaming others or feeling sorry for myself — has not only cultivated much happiness in my life, improved relationships and helped me to achieve my goals, but it has reduced the stress I was putting on my body.

We cannot change others but thankfully we can change ourselves. By doing so, our lives can greatly improve.

Sending my love and peace,

Sandi