Monday, March 30, 2009

Asparagus and Cancer

Does asparagus cure cancer?

The follow up question needs to be: What types of cancer? This disease has many different causes, characteristics, and personalities.

This said....

A friend of mine sent me this article that I found interesting. No clue if this story about asparagus curing cancer is true or not, but it makes for interesting reading and has stimulated me to do some follow up research.

Asparagus is a favorite summer vegetable so this is a good reason to eat more.

Always consult your healing coach before buying into any health advice. This is not meant to be advice, just interesting information.



PS- I learn something new every day....


Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy of an article, entitled, `Asparagus for cancer' printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979.

I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: 'I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer.

Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable case histories.

Here are a few examples:

Case No. 1: A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.

Case No. 2: A successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

Case No. 3: A man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th, he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine.

Case No. 4: A woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were
diagnosed by asking specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after
starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and there were no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.

I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of materia medica', edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in
dissolving stones.

We would have other case histories, but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore
appealing to readers to spread this good news, and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.

For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh.

I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.

Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice
daily, morning and evening.

Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be
diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested
dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can
do no harm and may be needed in some cases.

As a biochemist, I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can
prevent.' Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus
puree as a beverage with our meals.

We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast
and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years, we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups.

The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink...

As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer. Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for it’s action on cancer and inacting as a general body tonic.

In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance.

The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body's most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

Please spread the news... and we can...the most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward all the kindness one has received even to the most undeserved person. God bless.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Strengthening Health Institute

Chapter 3 of Rich Remedies, Volume 1 discusses healing diets and Macrobiotics.

One of the people responsible for me discovering and enjoying the healing benefits of Macrobiotics back in the 1980's was Denny Waxman, the Director of Strengthening Health Institute in Philadelphia. He has been involved for years in educating and demystifying the whole area of Macrobiotics.

In my 20's I overcame an ulcer by adopting (temporarily) a Macrobiotic diet. Many other benefits were derived from that initial experience for which which I am grateful.

Denny sent a comment to this blog in February that is worth re-posting:

"Macrobiotics is not a diet. Macrobiotics is an orderly approach to diet and lifestyle. Through principles of harmony, balance and change we continually learn how to make healthier choices in our eating habits, diet, activity and lifestyle.

Macrobiotics is also based on the understanding that spiritual health, the development of endless appreciation for all of life, leads to mental, emotional and physical health. The healthy choices we each make on a daily basis also benefit society and the environment." -Denny Waxman, February 1, 2009 9:19 AM

It's true, although I categorize Macrobiotics as a diet in my book, food is but one aspect of the Macrobiotic "lifestyle". It is health and vitality no matter how you describe it. I have seen incredible results in people who have followed this path.

Check out the Strengthening Health Institute:

They have all the resources you need to enjoy the benefits of Macrobiotics.

If you live near my home town, Philadelphia, Pa, or the Delaware Valley, make a visit to the Strengthening health Institute.



PS: If you live near my new home town Austin, Texas, check out Casa de Luz. They serve delicious Macrobiotic meals and provide education/ training in Macrobiotics:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"Planet X"

The concept of the Earth being destroyed or significantly altered by natural disasters is nothing new. Last month there were allot of Internet articles on how the dinosaurs became extinct and the most popular theory is that an asteroid hit the Earth, sent dust/ debris into the atmosphere, creating a "nuclear winter" by blocking the sun for centuries. An ice age ensued killing off many of Earth's creatures. It's just a theory, but a plausable one.

Here is a new wrinkle on an old theory about how the Earth meets it's end as we know it: "Plant X" or "Niburu":

This makes fascinating reading about how another planet (possibly a brown dwarf star), Niburu is going to come back into our solar system after a long absence and it's gravitational force is going to "rock our world".

Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, the flipping of the magnetic poles, massive weather events, and technological failures will ensue. According to some of these articles, a majority of the Earth's population will cease to exist. To survive you need to head for higher ground, pack 1+ year's supply of food/ water, survival gear, have solar power, and a shelter or bunker able to withstand high winds and heavy vibrations.

Could this be true? Is this a bunch of crack pots with too much time on their hands and fertile imaginations? I hope so. I dig it here....

Who knows?

There are quotations from scientists, astronomers, and others who say there is evidence that Planet X is real and we should all be planning for it's arrival.

When you think about all of the asteroids, solar storms, comets, and meteorites that have a chance of colliding with the Earth and cause damage, the concept of another planet or brown dwarf messing with us is not too far fetched. Is it?

They usually discuss these events in terms of millions of years apart so if these prognosticators are off by a decimal point, you and I can to continue to sip carbernet and eat cheese for a few more decades.

At any rate, it's interesting reading......and something to think about.
Time to grab the prayer beads :-)



PS- Good time to donate something to charity. :-)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Habitat for Humanity- Blown Away

Hamilton Pool, Austin, Texas
(nothing to do with this blog, just an inspiring photo)

Today a bunch of us from the Green Corn Project jumped into our cars and planted a garden at a Habitat for Humanity house that was surrounded by other Habitat houses. I was blown away!

The neighborhood is full of new, pristine homes with nice yards. The yard we planted the garden in was at least 1/3 acre maybe 1/2 acre.

The gentleman of the house was named Jesus. He was very gracious, very proud of his property, and a really nice guy. I thought "everyone should have a place like this..."

God Bless America! We have volunteer organizations that take care of those in need.

I was touched by the generosity of our people here in Austin and the reat of the USA. Just when I was losing faith in this recession, with the "smartest guys in the room" on Wall Street stealing our savings, I witness the nobility of our country. Bernie Madoff is but a flea on the ass of our goodness and generosity. (I hope you like my metaphor)

There were people next door to the house we were gardening who were swinging hammers and running saws building yet another home for a deserving family.

The garden dig was a success. Tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, and herbs will be on the table of this beautiful, well appreciated home by the July 4th holiday.

A morning well spent. Habitat for Humanity may be my next community gig.....if I could only hammer a nail straight.



Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Garden

Happy Be-lated St. Patty's Day to ya! Crecky, time is a flyin'

Happy Birthday to Pat (named after St. Patrick?) O'Bryan and Kim Collins. Both born on a lucky Irish day!

Erin Go Braugh!

Spring has sprung in the Central Texas Hill Country after our much needed four days of rain last week. The Blue Bonnets are in bloom and my Roses are beginning to flower.

The soil was moist enough to plant peppers and tomatoes. Last week I couldn't pierce the the soil with a pick ax. Amazing what rainfall/ water will do for the Earth.



Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Feng Shui redux

A short lesson.

Now that we're one month into the "Year of the Ox" according to the Chinese calendar, I thought it would be useful to provide a rudimentary lesson in the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui.

I have made my "corrections" for 2009, have you?

One correction I made, based on the advice of my friend and Feng Shui Master, Donna Collins (top 6 in the world), was to move our aquarium (moving water) from the "year breaker zone", the dining room to the "prosperity zone", the home office. (Photo #1)

If you live in China, Malaysia, Indonesia or several other Asian countries that have a large Chinese population, chances are some of the folks that have a Northwest-facing house made these same corrections.

So what?

In practical terms, the aquarium was a mess and needed to be cleaned. We cleaned it. Took 2+ hours to drain and renew. Then moved it. This was good.

Irrespective of the "energy" effect, we did something that was long over due. It looks good, it smells good, and the fish are happy with their clean water. Very important to have happy fish.

So Feng Shui has some very practical aspects to it, particularly bringing cleanliness and order to a living space. So dismiss everything about this practice if you wish, but realize something good happened here with this move and renewal.

I will not delve into any more of the annual corrections that have been made, but my attitude is: "I will accept any advantage I can get." Particularly if there is a visible improvement to the area.

Not all improvements are visible, but I won't go there.....I think we have covered enough material for some of you for one lesson.

Photo #2. "Nice car, bad Feng Shui"

The British Leyland (UK Company now extinct) 1960's era Morris Minor with the tarp on it, clearly blocking the garage door is an example of "bad Feng Shui". (I think you'll get this one)

First, the Morris Minor is dead energy. This is a well-intentioned project that has lost steam.....hence the tarp, sun bleached paint, and stationary position for at least the year I have passed this garage.

Does anyone want to bet this car is in this exact same spot a year from now?

Sorry, this is not a gambling site, we can not accept your wager.

You'll agree that the prospects for seeing this little gem of molded Sheffield Steel making it to the Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance in Monterrey this summer, are quite remote. Wouldn't you? If you don't, I will accept your wager.....

Meet me this Saturday at the corner of Lamar Blvd and 6th Street....bring ($1,000) small bills...minimum wager. All proceeds go to charity, I promise.

So we have dead energy, a project that will never finish (unfinished business is a biggy), a blocked door, and I'm sure pissed off neighbors. Note: the author loves this little car, just not it's permanant resting place. Also- I would never own one myself $$$.

"Corrections" (
1)Call a tow truck (2) Post on Craig's list and see if here is a Morris Minor enthusiast to will pay you for this rolling art deco masterpiece (3) Deliver to the enthusiast -or- send to the Austin metal recycling center.

This Feng Shui clears the garage doorway, opening up more possibilities, gets rid of unfinished business, stops the owner from tripping over the rear fender as he enters the garage to get another beer, and makes the neighbors happy until he finds another wreck to park here.

Feng Shui works!



PS- I was only kidding about the $1,000 wager.....make it $2,000.....there are charities who need the money right now

PS PS- Author suspects inside garage needs renewal....will not go there either.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Photos of Orange

Can you identify each one?



PS- The best one is FREE.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Feeding the disadvantaged from their own organic gardens.

The BIG DIG I’m referring to here is not the $15 billion dollar leaking tunnel in Boston, but a community organization that helps the needy feed themselves here in Austin, Texas called the Green Corn Project.
"The Green Corn Project (GCP) is a 501(c) (3) organization that educates and assists Central Texans in growing organic food gardens. Since our founding in 1998, GCP has built over 130 organic food gardens at homes, schools, and community centers in Central Texas. Our programs help folks with limited access to healthy food, grow their own vegetables in ways that are affordable, promote self-reliance, strengthen communities, and protect natural resources."

Today is the first day of the Green Corn Spring planting season. Every weekend in March, 5-6 groups of volunteers will create organic gardens for people who are in need financially, in ill health, or any other circumstance that prevents them from obtaining fresh, wholesome, organic vegetables.
Fresh, homegrown organic vegetables are God’s medicine. Not only do they taste delicious, but they contain vitamins, light, minerals, and life energy.
Some of the people who get these Green Corn Project gardens taste real, healing food for the first time in their lives.
Here are a few photos of our team’s two gardens that were dug and planted from scratch earlier today.
Dig in. Get your hands dirty. Give someone their own Garden of Eden.