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Living with Multiple Myeloma in Hyderabad , India . Random musings .


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Alternative Treatments for Cancer

 

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People with chronic diseases go for various treatments depending on the faith they have in a particular treatment.  Most use allopathy by default, as the duration of treatment is the fastest ,success rate is highest and the results are quick. Some follow a different treatment based on the experiences of their near and dear ones or when Allopathy has no solution or as a last resort.

But usually for cancers Allopathy is the first and foremost treatment that one opts for as the diagnosis itself happens in the third or fourth stage wherein the disease would have progressed to a large extent and Allopathy would be the best treatment. .

I didnt think of Alternative treatments for two years after I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma . I started experiencing side effects of Chemotherapy in the third year and I began scouring the internet for other treatments.

Internet is full of articles on Alternative Treatments . Initially I didnt believe all that was written on various websites and was being said on youtube videos by patients. I found them ridiculous too. Always wondered how it was possible that people are getting cured of Cancer which is not curable . Not just ‘managing’ but they were getting ‘cured’ and have been living for decades without any Allopathic treatment. I felt that these people were just exaggerating , that they wanted people to watch their videos , knowing that many would be looking up , that they were just uploading these videos to get a lot of views/hits. There were websites which talked a lot about a cure but at the end of the page there is a link to a book with a price or some secret methods which confirmed my fears that people only wanted to make money by luring desperate patients.

I wanted to believe all this was true , that there is a way , but was not convinced.

I came across various articles on the reasons for cancer and a cure. Juicing, diet, exercise, detox , supplements, antioxidants , various high frequency protocols, immunotherapy , Ph therapy, effect of yoga and meditation for curing the disease and the reasons for cancer varied from DNA mutations to microbes to lack of Vitamin D , poor diet , stress etc. These are a few of the topics that I was reading and trying to digest . All the information was baffling.

Just when I relapsed , at the end of the third year after my Bone Marrow Transplant for Multiple Myeloma, I came across a blog written by Margaret , a patient with Smouldering Multiple Myeloma. She was using natural supplements and has been successfully ‘managing’ the disease for more than a decade. After reading her blog , all the information and videos that I had seen suddenly flashed across my mind and I began believing all that I had read and seen. Suddenly all of it made sense. I was desperate for an alternative solution.

I talked to my Oncologist if he could recommend any Ayurvedic doctor but he was unaware of any specialist in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian mode of treatment  which uses natural herbs for curing various ailments. He didnt discourage me from using any alternative treatment and advised me to use ‘Tinaspora Cordifolia’ , a natural immunity boosting supplement.

I recommend everyone to do their own research. Once convinced one has to start incorporating one or more methodologies as per their faith and convenience. One needs to have faith in the treatment and should go all the way and follow the methodologies scrupulously.

I have almost given up food products made with sugar , milk , all purpose flour , rice and also reduced salt intake .All of these comprise a bad diet. These are the five white poisons that Ayurveda recommends to avoid.
I also read that cancer cells feed on sugar. I initially started taking supplements like Curcumin (in the form of turmeric) suggested in Margarets blog , started doing Pranayama and meditation , I also started taking ashwagandha , shigru , punarnava , garlic , had ginger decoction in the morning, eliminated most acidic foods  and lo and behold within three months my MSpike was down to Zero !!

It is nothing short of a miracle.

I was later referred to an Ayurvedic Doctor by another MM survivor and since then I have been using Curcumin and other natural supplements since last one year. Fasting is also part of my regimen. I have been encouraging the use of Curcumin to whomsoever I come across. Curcumin is an extract from turmeric .Turmeric is a spice that is extensively used in South Indian cooking and as a medicine in India for various ailments.

It is one year and 3 months since I started following the new regimen and my M-Spike is in control.

Talk to other patients and their caregivers who follow Alternative treatments make your own decision.

If there is a will to survive , a solution will appear out of the blue. Never give up !!

Have patience and the Miracle will happen.


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Stir fried Bell peppers, Leeks and Brussels sprouts

My experiments with some of the exotic vegetables, that are not usually grown in India, continues.

I had ordered Leeks via Bigbasket.com . Leeks are not grown commercially in India. The temperature here is too high for them to sustain.

These plants belong to the Onion and Garlic family. They don’t have a bulb but their shoots are very much similar to Onion and Garlic but much more thicker. The have a mild oniony smell and taste.

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The white part of Leeks are tender and can be used for cooking. The lower light green part of the leeks can also be used if they are tender.

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This part can be chopped into various sizes as per your choice.

Time to prepare another variation of stir fired veggies using Leeks , Red Bell peppers and Brussels sprouts.

Recipe : ( serves two)

Ingredients :

Leeks – 100 gm

Red Bell Pepper – 1

Brussels Sprouts – 100 gm

Salt and Pepper as per your taste

Lemon Juice – one tsp  ( or Balsamic Vinegar – 1 or 2 tsp)

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

garlic – 3-4 pods

Procedure :

1. Chop one Red bell pepper into one inch size pieces . Cut Brussels sprouts  into half or quarter them if they are very big.

Cut Leeks into one inch size pieces.

2. Boil all of them in water to which salt (1/4 tsp) is added , for a couple of minutes.

3. Strain and keep aside.

4. Add 2 tsp of olive oil into a pan and add the veggies.

5. Add salt and pepper as per your taste and stir once in a while for 5-6 minutes or more, until they caramelize.

6. Add chopped garlic and stir for a minute.

7. Switch off the stove and add lemon juice or Balsamic vinegar and serve.

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You can replace Leeks with Onions by cutting them into one inch size pieces.

You can also replace red bell pepper with yellow or green peppers but Red ones would make the dish colorful and appetizing.

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Asparagus Soup

This is in continuation to my experiments with  veggies which are rarely used in Indian recipes. I spotted Asparagus too on Bigbasket.com and ordered them.

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The shoots are tender and fresh.
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While browsing the net i learnt that Asparagus grows in the Himalayan region in India. I also discovered that it is called as ‘Satavari’ or ‘Shatavari’ in Sanskrit and used in various treatments in Ayurveda (the traditional system of Indian medicine)

This is the first time I laid my hands on Asparagus shoots. This veggie too was on my mind for a long time. After looking up several videos on YouTube I decided to prepare Asparagus soup.

Recipe : To prepare soup for 2 persons
Cut the tender part of the Asparagus (100 gm) into pieces one inch pieces.

Boil these pieces of Asparagus in salt water for 3 minutes.

Strain and cool them immediately under cold running water so they stop cooking. This helps in retaining the green color.

Puree these pieces and keep aside.

In a pan , add butter or olive oil (2 tsp) and then add finely chopped onion (one small)  . Keep stirring the onion till it turns very soft.
Add chopped garlic ( 2 big cloves)and stir for one minute.

Add the puree.

Season with salt n pepper as per taste.

Add a little milk (50 ml) and stir for a minute.

Switch off the stove and add drops of lemon juice as per your taste.

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I hope to include Asparagus in my diet for its liver and kidney detoxifying properties. It is also one of the most Alkaline foods . It is very important to ensure that the pH levels of the blood remains Alkaline in order to keep the body healthy.

Here is a link to the numerous health benefits of Asparagus.

http://www.naturalnews.com/023368_asparagus_benefits_food.html#


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Stir fried Brussels sprouts

One of my favorite pastime is watching Food channels on TV and YouTube.
I was always fascinated and curious about Brussels sprouts which look like mini cabbages and were used in some of the recipes

Brussels sprouts are not yet commercially grown in India. Most Indians wouldn’t have heard or seen them.

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I always had a desire to prepare and eat stir fried Brussels sprouts and learnt recipes from YouTube. However, these were not available, to be bought,  in the vicinity.

While shopping on Bigbasket.com (online grocery store) , I was surprised to see Brussels sprouts listed in the ‘Fruits and vegetables’ section. I immediately added this to the shopping cart.
Rest of the day was spent watching the recipes again on YouTube and eagerly looking forward to the delivery truck which was scheduled to deliver between 7.30 pm to 9 pm slot. The mini truck arrived at 9.30 pm. I was so excited to see them , feel them, smell them , wash them , cut them (halves) , stir fry them and eat them. I was very hungry and this would be part of dinner.

Recipe : I first boiled the cut n washed Brussels sprouts in salt water for 2 minutes. Strained the water , took them out and then tossed them in olive oil for 5 minutes till they started caramelizing. Sprinkled salt and pepper. Added 3 cloves (chopped) at the end and tossed for another minute before switching off the stove. Added a few drops of lemon.

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I didn’t expect them to taste so good. Feeling very happy with the achievement 🙂

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Brussels sprouts are storehouses of nutrition. Here is a good article .

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/6-reasons-why-you-should-eat-more-brussels-sprouts.html


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Visit to ‘Aahaar Kuteer’ , Begumpet – Menu with Millets

A lot of people the world over are unaware of ‘Millets’ , the healthiest grains on the planet. Several grains are grouped together and called ‘Millets’. Pearl millets, finger millets, foxtail millets are some types of millets.

Millets are alkaline , gluten free, high in fiber, have low glycemic index , full of nutrients and proteins.

This place ‘Aahaar Kuteer’ is a small restaurant that serves only millet based foods. Visited this place on Sunday afternoon along with my sister. Ragi idli, Ragi Dosa, Ragi sangati, Jonna Rotis , Korralu kheer are some of the items on the menu.
They also have these millets for sale.

The ambience is very traditional and done in South Indian style.

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Check out aahaarkuteer.com and their page on Facebook too.

Most Indians eat foods prepared with wheat or white rice (polished) for breakfast/lunch/dinner which are acidic.

It is high time people wake up to the benefits of millets and incorporate these into their daily diet.

Several recipes are available on various websites.